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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Stanzas Written in Dejection near Naples

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
.. I SEE 1 the Deep’s untrampled floor
With green and purple seaweeds strown;
I see the waves upon the shore,
Like light dissolved in star-showers, thrown:
I sit upon the sands alone,—        5
The lightning of the noontide ocean
Is flashing round me, and a tone
Arises from its measured motion …
Alas! I have nor hope nor health,
Nor peace within nor calm around,        10
Nor that content surpassing wealth
The sage in meditation found,
And walked with inward glory crowned ..
Yet now despair itself is mild
Ev’n as the winds and waters are;        15
I could lie down like a tired child,
And weep away the life of care …
Note 1. Shelley. From Stanzas written in Dejection near Naples. 1818. [back]

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