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By thy most killing sneer, and by thy smile –
By all the arts and snares of thy black den, And — for thou canst outweep the crocodile
By thy false tears — those millstones braining
By all the hate which checks a father's love
By all the scorn which kills a father's carə By those most impious hands which dared remove Nature's high bounds — by thee — and by de
Yes, the despair which bids a father groan,
And cry,“ My children are no longer mine The blood within those veins may be mine own,
But, Tyrant, their polluted souls are thine ;
I curse thee, though I hate thee not. - slave!
If thou couldst quench the earth-consuming Hell Of which thou art a demon, on thy grave
This curse should be a blessing. Fare thee well!
xiii. 2 arts and snares, Mrs. Shelley, transcripts (Forman, Frederickson2) || snares and arts, Harvard MS. ; snares and nets, Mrs. Shelley, transcripts (Forman, Frederickson); acts and snares, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
xiv. 2 scorn || hate, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Frederickson“). xv. 2 cry || say, transcript, (Forman, one).
3 those || their, transcripts, (Forman, one, Frederickson).
4 souls are || soul is, Harvard MS., Mrs. Shelley, transcript (Forman).
TO WILLIAM SHELLEY
The billows on the beach are leaping around it,
The bark is weak and frail,
They have taken thy brother and sister dear,
They have made them unfit for thee; They have withered the smile and dried the
tear Which should have been sacred to me. To a blighting faith and a cause of crime They have bound them slaves in youthly prime, And they will curse my name and thee Because we are fearless and free.
To William Shelley. Published without title by Mrs. Shelley, i., V., vi., 18391, i.-vi., 18392. i. 1 on the beach, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18392 || omit 18391.
5 thou, Mrs. Shelley, 18391,2 || omit, Mrs Shelley, transcript. 8 the, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || omit, Mrs. Shelley,
ii. 6 prime, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || time, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
8 are fearless, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || fearless are, Mrs. Shel. ley, 18392
Come thou, beloved as thou art;
Another sleepeth still
Which thou with joy shalt fill, -
Or the priests of the evil faith;
Whose waves they have tainted with death.
see, Like wrecks on the surge of eternity.
The rocking of the boat thou fearest,
There sit between us two, thou dearest —
iii. 4 shalt, Mrs. Shelley, transcript |! wilt, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
iv. Compare Rosalind and Helen, 894–901; omit, Mrs. Shelley, transcript.
v. 1 and, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || omit, Mrs. Shelley, 18391,2.
With all its dark and hungry graves,
This hour will in thy memory
Be a dream of days forgotten long;
And I will teach thine infant tongue
ON FANNY GODWIN
HER voice did quiver as we parted,
Yet knew I not that heart was broken From which it came, and I departed Heeding not the words then spoken.
Misery - O Misery,
This world is all too wide for thee. v. 9 us, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || thee, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
vi. 1 will, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18392 || sometime in, Mrs. Shelley, 18391. vi. 2 long, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || omit, Mrs. Shelley, 18391,2.
7 those, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || their, Mrs. Shelley, 18392.
On Fanny Godwin. Published with title, On F. G., by Mrs. Shelley, 18391
We look on the past,
And stare aghast
To death on life's dark river.
But we yet stand
In a lone land,
In the light of life's dim morning.
THEY die - the dead return not. Misery
Sits near an open grave and calls them over, A Youth with hoary hair and haggard eye.
They are the names of kindred, friend and lover, Which he so feebly calls; they all are gone Fond wretch, all dead ! those vacant names alone,
Lines. Published by Mrs. Shelley, 1824. Composed November 5.
ii. 6 flee ll fly, Rossetti.