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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Prometheus, iii. 3, 108

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
ASIA 1
  Oh, mother! wherefore speak the name of death?
Cease they to love, and move, and breathe, and speak,
Who die?
 
THE EARTH
  It would avail not to reply:
Thou art immortal, and this tongue is known        5
But to the uncommunicating dead.
Death is the veil which those who live call life:
They sleep, and it is lifted: and meanwhile
In mild variety the seasons mild
With rainbow-skirted showers, and odorous winds,        10
And long blue meteors cleansing the dull night,
And the life-kindling shafts of the keen sun’s
All-piercing bow, and the dew-mingled rain
Of the calm moonbeams, a soft influence mild,
Shall clothe the forests and the fields, ay, even        15
The crag-built deserts of the barren deep,
With ever-living leaves, and fruits, and flowers …
 
Note 1. Shelley. ‘Prometheus’, iii. 3, 108. [back]
 
 
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