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The self-impelling steam-wheels of the mind
Which pump up oaths from clergymen, and grind
The gentle spirit of our meek reviews
Into a powdery foam of salt abuse,
Ruffling the ocean of their self-content;
I sit - and smile or sigh as is my bent,
But not for them ; Libeccio rushes round
With an inconstant and an idle sound
I heed him more than them; the thunder-smoke
Is gathering on the mountains, like a cloak
Folded athwart their shoulders broad and bare ;
The ripe corn under the undulating air
Undulates like an ocean; and the vines
Are trembling wide in all their trellised lines.
The murmur of the awakening sea doth fill
The empty pauses of the blast ; the hill
Looks hoary through the white electric rain,
And from the glens beyond, in sullen strain,
The interrupted thunder howls; above
One chasm of heaven smiles, like the eye of Love
On the unquiet world ; — while such things are,
How could one worth your friendship heed the war
Of worms ? the shriek of the world's carrion jays,
Their censure, or their wonder, or their praise ?

You are not here! the quaint witch Memory sees In vacant chairs your absent images, And points where once you sat, and now should be But are not. I demand if ever we Shall meet as then we met; and she replies, Veiling in awe her second-sighted eyes ;

127 eye, Boscombe MS., Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 18391 || age, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.

“ I know the past alone but summon home
My sister Hope, — she speaks of all to come." ”
But I, an old diviner, who knew well
Every false verse of that sweet oracle,
Turned to the sad enchantress once again,
And sought a respite from my gentle pain,
In citing every passage o'er and o'er
Of our communion - how on the seashore
We watched the ocean and the sky together,
Under the roof of blue Italian weather;
How I ran home through last year's thunder-storm,
And felt the transverse lightning linger warm
Upon my cheek; and how we often made
Feasts for each other, where good-will outweighed
The frugal luxury of our country cheer,
As well it might, were it less firm and clear
Than ours must ever be; and how we spun
A shroud of talk to hide us from the sun
Of this familiar life which seems to be
But is not — or is but quaint mockery
Of all we would believe — and sadly blame
The jarring and inexplicable frame
Of this wrong world ; and then anatomize
The purposes and thoughts of men whose eyes
Were closed in distant years; or widely guess
The issue of the earth's great business,
When we shall be as we no longer are,

140 knew, Boscombe MS. || know, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 1824. 144 citing, Boscombe MS, || acting, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 1824. 151 Feasts, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || Treats, Mrs. Shelley, 1824. 153 well it, Mrs. Shelley, transcript (l it well, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.

158 believe, and, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || believe; or, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.

164 Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 1824 || no longer as we are, Forman conj.

Like babbling gossips safe, who hear the war
Of winds, and sigh, but tremble not; - or how
You listened to some interrupted flow
Of visionary rhyme, — in joy and pain
Struck from the inmost fountains of my brain,
With little skill perhaps ; or how we sought
Those deepest wells of passion or of thought
Wrought by wise poets in the waste of years,
Staining their sacred waters with our tears, –
Quenching a thirst ever to be renewed.
Or how I, wisest lady! then indued
The language of a land which now is free,
And, winged with thoughts of truth and majesty,
Flits round the tyrant's sceptre like a cloud,
And bursts the peopled prisons, and cries aloud,
“ "My name is Legion !” – that majestic tongue
Which Calderon over the desert flung
Of ages and of nations, - and which found
An echo in our hearts, — and with the sound
Startled oblivion ; thou wert then to me
As is a nurse — when inarticulately

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A child would talk as its grown parents do.
If living winds the rapid clouds pursue,
If hawks chase doves through the ethereal way,
Huntsmen the innocent deer, and beasts their prey,
Why should not we rouse with the spirit's blast
Out of the forest of the pathless past
These recollected pleasures ?

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You are now
In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow

173 their, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || the, Mrs. Shelley, 1824. 188 ethereal, Mrs. Shelley, transcript || aërial, Mrs. Shelley, 1824. 197–201 Boscombe MS., Mrs. Shelley, transcript || omit, Mrs. Shelley, 1824, 18391.

At once is deaf and loud, and on the she re
Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more.
Yet in its depth what treasures! You will see
That which was Godwin, greater none than he
Though fallen — and fallen on evil times — to stand
Among the spirits of our age and land,
Before the dread tribunal of to come
The foremost, — while Rebuke cowers pale and

dumb.
You will see Coleridge – he who sits obscure
In the exceeding lustre and the pure
Intense irradiation of a mind,
Which, with its own internal lightning blind,
Flags wearily through darkness and despair —
A cloud-encircled meteor of the air,
A hooded eagle among blinking owls.
You will see Hunt one of those happy souls
Which are the salt of the earth, and without whom
This world would smell like what it is a tomb;
Who is what others seem ; his room no doubt
Is still adorned by many a cast from Shout,
With graceful flowers tastefully placed about,
And coronals of bay from ribbons hung,
And brighter wreaths in neat disorder flung, -
The gifts of the most learned among some dozens

Your old friend Godwin, greater none than he;
Though fallen on evil times, yet will he stand,
Among the spirits of our age and land,
Before the dread tribunal of To-come
The foremost, whilst rebuke stands pale and dumb.

Mrs. Shelley, 18392. 205 lightning, Boscombe MS., Mrs. Shelley, transcript || lustre, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.

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Of female friends, sisters-in-law and cousins.
And there is he with his eternal puns,
Which beat the dullest brain for smiles, like duns
Thundering for money at a poet's door;
Alas! it is no use to say, “ I'm poor!
Or oft in graver mood, when he will look
Things wiser than were ever read in book,
Except in Shakespeare's wisest tenderness.
You will see Hogg,

and I cannot express
His virtues, — though I know that they are great,
Because he locks, then barricades the gate
Within which they inhabit; of his wit
And wisdom you'll cry out when you are bit.
He is a pearl within an oyster shell,
One of the richest of the deep. And there
Is English Peacock, with his mountain fair,
Turned into a Flamingo, — that shy bird

, That gleams i’ the Indian air ; – have you not

heard When a man marries, dies, or turns Hindoo, His best friends hear no more of him?— but

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Will see him, and will like him too, I hope,
With the milk-white Snowdonian Antelope
Matched with this cameleopard; his fine wit
Makes such a wound, the knife is lost in it;
A strain too learnèd for a shallow age,
Too wise for selfish bigots; let his page
Which charms the chosen spirits of the time,

224 read, Boscombe MS. || said, Mrs. Shelley, transcript, 1824.

240 this, Mrs. Shelley, 1824 || the, Mrs. Shelley, transcript; his, Mrs. Shelley, 18391.

244 time, Boscombe MS., Mrs. Shelley, transcript || age, Mrs. Shelley, 1824.

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