The Fitful Alternations of the Rain

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.
2When the chill wind, languid as with pain
3Of its own heavy moisture, here and there
4Drives through the gray and beamless atmosphere.


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 Rain. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
1824, 1839
RPO poem Editors: 
M. T. Wilson
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.582.