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THE fountains mingle with the river,
With a sweet emotion;
See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
Love's Philosophy, Hunt, 1819 || An Anacreontic, Harvard MS. Published by Hunt, The Indicator, December 22, 1819. Dated in the Harvard MS., January, 1820.
i. 3 mix forever, Stacey MS., Indicator, 1819 || melt together, Harvard MS.
i. 7 In one another's being, Harvard MS., Indicator, 1819 || In one spirit meet and, Stacey MS.
ii. 3 sister, Harvard MS., Stacey MS., Mrs. Shelley, 1824 || leaf or, Indicator, 1819.
ii. 4 disdained its, Harvard MS., Stacey MS., Mrs. Shelley, 1824 || disdained to kiss its, Indicator, 1819.
ii. 7 are all these kissings, Indicator, 1819 || all cancelled for were these examples, Harvard MS.; is all this sweet work, Stacey MS.
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1820
THE SENSITIVE PLANT
A SENSITIVE Plant in a garden grew,
And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
But none ever trembled and panted with bliss
The snowdrop, and then the violet,
The Sensitive Plant. Published with Prometheus Unbound, 1820. Composed at Pisa, and dated, in the Harvard MS., March, 1820. 6 Like, felt, Harvard MS., Shelley, 1820 || And, Mrs. Shelley, 18391, fell, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
Then the pied wind-flowers and the tulip tall,
And the Naiad-like lily of the vale,
Whom youth makes so fair, and passion so pale,
That the light of its tremulous bells is seen
And the hyacinth purple, and white, and blue,
It was felt like an odor within the sense;
And the rose like a nymph to the bath addressed,
Which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast,
And the wand-like lily, which lifted up,
And the jessamine faint, and the sweet tube
The sweetest flower for scent that blows;
And on the stream whose inconstant bosom
Broad water-lilies lay tremulously,
And around them the soft stream did glide and dance
With a motion of sweet sound and radiance.
And the sinuous paths of lawn and of moss, Which led through the garden along and across, Some open at once to the sun and the breeze, Some lost among bowers of blossoming trees,
Were all paved with daisies and delicate bells,
And from this undefiled Paradise
And flowrets which, drooping as day drooped too, Fell into pavilions white, purple, and blue,
To roof the glowworm from the evening dew.
47 and or, Harvard MS.
When Heaven's blithe winds had unfolded them
For each one was interpenetrated
With the light and the odor its neighbor shed, Like young lovers whom youth and love make dear, Wrapped and filled by their mutual atmosphere.
But the Sensitive Plant, which could give small fruit
Of the love which it felt from the leaf to the root, Received more than all, it loved more than ever, Where none wanted but it, could belong to the giver;
For the Sensitive Plant has no bright flower;
It loves, even like Love, its deep heart is full,
The light winds which from unsustaining wings
The beams which dart from many a star
The plumèd insects swift and free,
The unseen clouds of the dew, which lie
82 The | And the, Harvard MS.