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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
500. Lines to an Indian Air
 
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
 
I ARISE from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low
And the stars are shining bright:
I arise from dreams of thee,        5
And a spirit in my feet
Hath led me—who knows how?
To thy chamber-window, Sweet!
 
The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream—        10
The champak odours fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale’s complaint
It dies upon her heart,
As I must die on thine        15
O belove´d as thou art!
 
O lift me from the grass!
I die, I faint, I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.        20
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast;
O! press it close to thine again
Where it will break at last.
 

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