Percy Bysshe Shelley, Posthumous Poems, ed. Mary Shelley (1824). Cf. Posthumous Poems of Shelley. Mary Shelley's Fair Copy Book, Bodleian MS. Shelley Adds. d. 9, Collated with the Holographs and the Printed Texts, ed. Irving Massey (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1969). PR 5403 M27 ROBA.
1 One word is too often profaned
2 For me to profane it,
3One feeling too falsely disdained
4 For thee to disdain it;
5One hope is too like despair
6 For prudence to smother,
7And pity from thee more dear
8 Than that from another.
9 I can give not what men call love,
10 But wilt thou accept not
11The worship the heart lifts above
12 And the Heavens reject not,--
13The desire of the moth for the star,
14 Of the night for the morrow,
15The devotion to something afar
16 From the sphere of our sorrow?
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