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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Extracts from Prometheus Unbound: Voice in the air, singing
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
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LIFE of Life! thy lips enkindle
  With their love the breath between them;
And thy smiles, before they dwindle,
  Make the cold air fire,—then screen them
In those looks where whoso gazes        5
Faints, entangled in their mazes.
 
Child of Light! thy limbs are burning
  Through the vest which seems to hide them,
As the radiant lines of morning
  Through the clouds, ere they divide them;        10
And this atmosphere divinest
Shrouds thee wheresoe’er thou shinest.
 
Fair are others; none beholds thee
  (But thy voice sounds low and tender,
Like the fairest), for it folds thee        15
  From the sight—that liquid splendour;
And all feel, yet see thee never,
As I feel now, lost for ever!
 
Lamp of Earth! where’er thou movest,
  Its dim shapes are clad with brightness,        20
And the souls of whom thou lovest
  Walk upon the winds with lightness,
Till they fail, as I am failing,
Dizzy, lost, yet unbewailing!
(1820.)    
 
 
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