‘A Lament’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘A Lament’

by Percy Bysshe ShelleyDSCF9120

“O World! O Life! O Time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight:
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -Oh, never more!”

Percy Bysshe Shelley died on this day in 1822, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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