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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From The Recollection

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
.. WE 1 wandered to the Pine Forest
    That skirts the Ocean’s foam,
The lightest wind was in its nest,
    The tempest in its home.
The whispering waves were half asleep,        5
    The clouds were gone to play,
And on the bosom of the deep
    The smile of Heaven lay;
It seemed as if the hour were one
    Sent from beyond the skies,        10
Which scattered from above the sun
    A light of Paradise.
We paused amid the pines that stood
    The giants of the waste,
Tortured by storms to shapes as rude        15
    As serpents interlaced,
And soothed by every azure breath,
    That under heaven is blown,
To harmonies and hues beneath,
    As tender as its own;        20
Now all the tree-tops lay asleep,
    Like green waves on the sea,
As still as in the silent deep
    The ocean woods may be …
Note 1. Shelley. From The Recollection. 1822. It was on the sea-shore near to this forest that Shelley’s body was cast up and burned. [back]

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