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FROM CALDERON’S CISMA Till kindle in that monumental fire
His sunflower wings their own funereal
pyre? Translated by Medwin, with aid from Shelley.
My heart, its wishes trembling to unfold, Shelley's contributions are printed in
Thus round the rose and taper hover. Roman type, Medwin's portion in italics.
And Passion's slave, Distrust, in ashes Hast thou not seen, officious with delight,
cold Move through the illumined air about Smothered awhile, but could not the flower
quench, the flame ; The bee, that fears to drink its purple Till Love, that grows by disappointment light,
bold, Lest danger lurk within that rose's And Opportunity, had conquered bower?
Shame, Hast thou not marked the moth's enam. And like the bee and moth, in act to close, oured flight
I burnt my wings, and settled on the About the taper's flame at evening hour,
Page 95. Throughout this varied and eternal world,
The Revolt of Islam. etc.
To restore the text of Laon and Cythna In Shelley's edition there is a comma it will be necessary to make the following after element and a full stop at remained. changes in The Revolt of Islam. At the Mr. Tutin proposed the emendation. close of Preface, p. 99. add as follows :
• In the personal conduct of my Hero and Page 70.
Heroine, there is one circumstance which The Dæmon of the World: a Fragment. was intended to startle the reader from the
trance of ordinary life. It was my object Part I. appeared in the volume which
to break through the crust of those out. contained Alastor. Part II, was recovered by Mr. Forman from a copy of Queen worn opinions on which established insti
tutions depend. I have appealed therefore Mab revised by Shelley.
to the most universal of all feelings, and Page 81.
have endeavoured to strengthen the moral
sense, by forbidding it to waste its energies Preface to Alastor.
in seeking to avoid actions which are only Shelley's Preface to Alastor, etc., closed crimes of convention. It is because there with the following reference to “ The is so great a multitude of artificial vices Dæmon of the World”: “ The Fragment that there are so few real virtues. Those entitled “THE DÆMON OF THE WORLD' feelings alone which are benevolent or is a detached part of a poem which the malevolent, are essentially good or bad. author does not intend for publication. The circumstance of which I speak was The metre in which it is composed is that introduced, however, merely to accustom of Samson Agonistes and the Italian pas- men to that charity and toleration which toral drama, and may be considered as the exhibition of a practice widely differing the natural measure into which poetical from their own has a tendency to promote. 1 conceptions, expressed in harmonious Nothing indeed can be more mischievous language, naturally fall."
than many actions, innocent in themselves,
which might bring down upon individuals Page 84.
the bigoted contempt and rage of the Herself a poet.
P. 119, C. II. st. xxv. I. 2:
“To love in human life, this sister sweet," In the light of evening, and, its precipice 1 The sentiments connected with and characP. 124, C. III. st. i. 1, 1:
teristic of this circumstance have no personal I insert the comma after and.
reference to the Writer. (Shelley's note.)
“ There was one teacher, and must ever be, “What thoughts had sway over my sister's They said, even God, who, the necessity slumber"
Of rule and wrong had armed against manP. 124, c. 111. st. i. I. 3:
kind, “As if they did ten thousand years out.
His slave and his avenger there to be;" number"
P. 180, c. ix. st. xviii. II. 3-6: P. 137, c. IV. st. xxx. 1. 6:
"And Hell and Awe, which in the heart of man “And left it vacant-'twas her brother's face-" Is God itself; the Priests its downfall knew, P. 147, c. v. st. xlvii. I. 5:
As day by day their altars lovelier grew, "I ha a brother once, but he is dead !-"
Till they were left alone within the fane;' P. 156, C. VI. st. xxiv. 1. 8:
P. 188, c. X. st. xxii. I. 9: "My own sweet sister looked), with joy did “On fire! Almighty God his hell on earth has quail,"
spread! P. 158, c. vi. st. xxxi. 1. 6:
P. 189, c. x. st. xxvi. 11. 7, 8: “The common blood which ran within our “Of their Almighty God, the armies wind frames,"
In sad procession : each among the train.” P. 1592. c. VI. st. xxxix. II. 6-9:
P. 190, c. x. st. xxviii. 1. 1: “ With such close sympathies, for to each other “O'God Almighty! thou alone hast power." Had high and solemn hopes, the gentle P. 190, c. X. st. xxxi. l. 1:
might Of earliest love, and all the thoughts which
And Oromaze, and Christ, and Mahomet." smother
P. 190, c. X. st. xxxii. I. 1: Cold Evil's power, now linked a sister and “ He was a Christian Priest from whom it a brother.
came P. 159, c. vi. st. xl. 1. 1:
P. 190, C. X. st. xxxii. l. 4: “And such is Nature's modesty, that those “To quell the rebel Atheists; a dire guest P, 171, c. viii. st. iv. l. o: "Dream ye that God thus builds for man in
P. 191, c. x. st. xxxii. l. 9:
"To wreak his fear of God on vengeance on solitude ?"
mankind P. 172, C. VIII. st. v. l. 1: “What then is God? Ye mock yourselves and
P. 191, C. X. st. xxxiv. II. 5, 6:
" His cradled Idol, and the sacrifice give"
Of God to God's own wrath -- that I slam's P. 172, c. VIII. st. vi. I. 1:
creed" “What then is God? Some moonstruck P. 191, c. X. st. xxxv. 1.,
9: sophist stood"
“And thrones, which rest on faith in God, P. 72, C. VIII. st. vi. 11. 8, 9:
nigh overturned." “ And that men say God has appointed Death On all who scorn his will to wreak im.
P. 192, C. X. st. xxxix. I. 4: mortal wrath.'
“Of God may be appeased." He ceased, and
they" P. 172, C. VIII. st. vii. 11. 1-4: “Men say they have seen God, and heard
P. 192, c. X. st. xl. 1. 5: from God,
“ With storms and shadows girt, sate God, Or known from others who have known
alone," such things,
P. 193, c. X. st. xliv. I. 9: And that his will is all our law, a rod
“ As 'hush! hark ! Come they, yet? God, To scourge us into slaves that Priests
God, thine hour is near!' and Kings
P. 193, C. X. st. xlv. 1. 8: P. 172, c. VIII. st. viii. I. 1:
“Men brought their atheist kindred to ap"And it is said, that God will punish wrong ;"
pease P. 172, c. viii. st. viii. Il. 3, 4:
P. 193, c. X. st. xlvii. 1. 6: "And his red hell's undying snakes among,
“ The threshold of God's throne, and it was Will bind the wretch on whom he fixed a
P. 197, c. XI. st. xvi. I. 1: P. 173, C. VIII. st. xiii. II. 3, 4:
“Ve turn to God for aid in your distress ;" For it is said God rules both high and low, And man is made the captive of his
P. 199, c. xi. st. xxv. 1. 7:, brother;
'Swear by your dreadful God.”—“We swear,
we swear!" P. 179, c. IX. st. xiii. 1. 8: "To curse the rebels. To their God did they"
P. 201, c. XII. st. x. I. 9:
Truly for self, thus thought that Christian P. 179, c. ix. st. xiv. I. 6:
Priest indeed," • By God, and Nature, and Necessity."
P. 201, C. XII. st. xi. l. 9: P. 180, c. ix. st. xv.
The stanza contains ten A woman? God has sent his other victim lines-IL 4-7 as follows:
P. 201, C. XII. st. xii. II. 6-8 :
Page 179. “Will I stand up before God's golden throne,
And cry, O Lord, to thee did I betray Words which the lore of truth in lines of An Atheist; but for me she would have
Shelley's edition reads "lines of grace." P. 205, c. XII. st. xxix. 1. 4:
“ In torment and in fire bave Atheists gone;" | The emendation is Mr. Forman's. P. 205, c. XII. st. xxx. I. 4: “How Atheists and Republicans can die;"
Near me, among the snakes. When there Page 151.
had fled Beneath whose spires which swayed in the
Shelley's edition reads “ When then," red flame
The emendation is Mr. Forman's.
When the broad sunrise filled with deepenPage 152.
ing gold And the great gate.
Then, none knew
Shelley's edition reads "Where the whence or why,
broad sunrise." The emendation is Mr. In Shelley's edition there is a comma Rossetti's. after gate. The emendation is Mr.
Page 207. Rossetti's.
Where its wild surges with the lake were Page 153.
blended, As sudden eurthquakes light many a
Shelley's edition reads " When its wild volcano-isle,
The emendation is Mr. Ros. In Shelley's edition there is a full stop setti's. at isle. The comma is substituted by
suspended Which dawned through the rent soul; and words it gave,
Shelley's edition reads "as one line Shelley's edition has no comma after suspended.". The emendation is Mr.
Rossetti's. In the next line Shelley's gave nor after gestures, nor has it marks edition has a semicolon after " lake.” of parenthesis around line 4 of the stanza. The emendation is Mr. A. C. Bradley's.
Of an ancestral name the orphan chief, On! Love who to the heart of wandering the Posthumous Poems there is a full stop
So in Mrs. Shelley's later editions, In
after chief. Shelley's edition has " hearts of wandering men.' The emendation is Mr. Ros
Page 213 setti's.
And sweet and subtle talk they evermore Page 173
So in the Posthumous Poems; in later And Hate is throned on high with Fear | editions, "now evermore."
And down my cheek the quick tears ran man says, in Shelley's revised copy.
Mr. Rossetti reads fell" for "ran."
shell; So in Shelley's edition. Mr. Forman suggests “While" for “Which," and Mrs. Shelley omits the word “ is." three lines farther“had almost burst for "and almost burst."
Of those who were then conquerors : Page 230.
mouldering round (Did they not, love, demand too much,
Mr. Rossetti removes the colon after Those dying murmurs)
“conquerors," and puts a full stop after The marks of parenthesis are due to "round." Mr. Rossetti.
The loathsome mask has fallen, the man Had rescue from a chasm of tears ;
remains, etc. Shelley's edition reads "' rescued." The Mr. Rossetti readsemendation is Mr. Forman's.
"The loathsome mask has fallen.
man remains,Page 231.
Sceptreless, free, uncircumscribed, but She ceased." 'Lo, where red morning
man: thro' the wood"
Equal, unclassed, tribeless, and nationless, Shelley's edition reads "woods." The Exempt from awe, worship, degree, the
king emendation is Mr. Rossetti's.
Over himself ; just, gentle, wise : but
Passionless ? no :-yet free from guilt or
pain, -" The text of this poem has been finally
Page 287. ascertained by Mr. Forman from Shelley's MS., sent to Leigh Hunt, and placed with | Purple and azure, white, and green, and
golden, other precious MSS. at Mr. Forman's disposal by Mr. Townshend Mayer.
The “and" before "green" is due to
Mr. Rossetti. Page 270. Withering in destined pain: but who Darting from starry depths radiance and rains down
life, doth move, Shelley's edition has “reigns down,"
So MS. and Mr. Forman ; other which Mr. Forman defends.
editions " radiance and light." Page 273.
Page 290. Which in the winds and on the waves doth
A half unfrozen dew-globe, move, The word and, introduced here by Mr.
So Mrs. Shelley ; in original edition
"infrozen." Rossetti, is wanting in Shelley's edition.
And the weak day weeps
That it should be so. night
Mr. Rossetti makes these lines the close Shelley's edition reads "wrath's might." of the preceding speech - that of the Mrs. Shelley made the correction.