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

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
I PANT 1 for the music which is divine,
  My heart in its thirst is a dying flower;
Pour forth the sound like enchanted wine,
  Loosen the notes in a silver shower;
Like a herbless plain, for the gentle rain,        5
I gasp, I faint, till they wake again.
Let me drink of the spirit of that sweet sound,
  More, oh more,—I am thirsting yet;
It loosens the serpent which care has bound
  Upon my heart to stifle it;        10
The dissolving strain, through every vein,
Passes into my heart and brain …
Note 1. Shelley. First stanzas of unfinished poem called Music. [back]

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