And like a Dying Lady, Lean and Pale

Original Text: 
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. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poetical Works, ed. Mary Shelley (London: E. Moxon, 1839). PR 5402 1870 ROBA.
2Who totters forth, wrapp'd in a gauzy veil,
3Out of her chamber, led by the insane
4And feeble wanderings of her fading brain,
5The moon arose up in the murky East,
6A white and shapeless mass--


1] These are among the many short fragments from Shelley's MSS. published by Mary Shelley, the poet's wife, in her editions of 1824 and 1839. There she entitles this poem The Waning Moon. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
1824, 1839
RPO poem Editors: 
M. T. Wilson
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.583.