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The Miscellaneous Poems with some exceptions were published either by Shelley, in his successive volumes, or by Mrs. Shelley, in Posthumous Poems, 1824, and the two editions of 1839. A few first appeared elsewhere, and were included in the collected editions, and still others have from time to time found their way to the public. The original issue of each poem is stated, in this edition, in the footnotes. Manuscripts of several, either in Shelley's or Mrs. Shelley's hand, are in existence, and either establish the text or afford variations. The history of each poem, if known, is given in the NOTES.
O THOU bright Sun! beneath the dark blue line
Of western distance that sublime descendest,
Thy million hues to every vapor lendest,
Sheddest the liquid magic of thy light,
eye Could coldly count the spots within thy sphere ?
Such were thy lover, Harriet, could he fly The thoughts of all that makes his passion dear,
And, turning senseless from thy warm caress, Pick flaws in our close-woven happiness.
Evening. To Harriet. Published by Dowden, Life of Shelley, 1887. Composed July 31, 1813.
I LOVE thee, Baby! for thine own sweet sake;
Those azure eyes, that faintly dimpled cheek, Thy tender frame, so eloquently weak,
Love in the sternest heart of hate might wake; But more when o'er thy fitful slumber bending
Thy mother folds thee to her wakeful heart, Whilst love and pity, in her glances blending,
All that thy passive eyes can feel impart: More, when some feeble lineaments of her,
Who bore thy weight beneath her spotless bosom,
As with deep love I read thy face, recur, More dear art thou, O fair and fragile blossom ;
Dearest when most thy tender traits express
WRITTEN AT BRACKNELL
Thy dewy looks sink in my breast;
Thy gentle words stir poison there;
That was the portion of despair!
I could have borne my wayward lot:
Had cankered then - but crushed it not. To Ianthe. Published by Dowden, Life of Shelley, 1887. Composed September, 1813.
Stanza. Published by Hogg, Life of Shelley, 1858. Composed March, 1814.