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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
On a Faded Violet
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
THE ODOUR from the flower is gone
  Which like thy kisses breathed on me;
The colour from the flower is flown
  Which glowed of thee and only thee!
A shrivelled, lifeless, vacant form,        5
  It lies on my abandoned breast,
And mocks the heart which yet is warm,
  With cold and silent rest.
I weep,—my tears revive it not!
  I sigh,—it breathes no more on me;        10
Its mute and uncomplaining lot
  Is such as mine should be.

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