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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
520. The Poet’s Dream
 
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
 
ON a Poet’s lips I slept
Dreaming like a love-adept
In the sound his breathing kept;
Nor seeks nor finds he mortal blisses,
But feeds on the ae¨rial kisses        5
Of shapes that haunt Thought’s wildernesses.
 
He will watch from dawn to gloom
The lake-reflected sun illume
The yellow bees in the ivy-bloom,
  Nor heed nor see what things they be—        10
But from these create he can
Forms more real than living Man,
  Nurslings of Immortality!
 

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