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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Prometheus, i. 738

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
ON 1 a poet’s lips I slept
Dreaming like a love-adept
In the sound his breathing kept;
Nor seeks nor finds he mortal blisses,
But feeds on the aereal kisses        5
Of shapes that haunt thought’s wildernesses.
He will watch from dawn till gloom
The lake-reflected sun illume
The yellow bees in the ivy-bloom,
Nor heed nor see what things they be;        10
But from these create he can
Forms more real than living man,
Nurselings of immortality.
One of these awaken’d me
And I sped to succour thee.        15
Note 1. Shelley. ‘Prometheus’, i. 738. [back]

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