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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Prometheus, iv. 400

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
.. MAN, 1 one harmonious soul of many a soul,
  Whose nature is its own divine control,
Where all things flow to all, as rivers to the sea;
  Familiar acts are beautiful through love;
  Labour, and pain, and grief, in life’s green grove        5
Sport like tame beasts, none knew how gentle they could be!
  His will, with all mean passions, bad delights,
  And selfish cares, its trembling satellites,
A spirit ill to guide, but mighty to obey,
  Is as a tempest-wingèd ship, whose helm        10
  Love rules, through waves which dare not overwhelm,
Forcing life’s wildest shores to own its sovereign sway.
  All things confess his strength. Through the cold mass
  Of marble and of colour his dreams pass;
Bright threads whence mothers weave the robes their children wear;        15
  Language is a perpetual Orphic song,
  Which rules with Dædal harmony a throng
Of thoughts and forms, which else senseless and shapeless were …
Note 1. Shelley. Prom. iv. 400. [back]

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