One Sung of thee who Left the Tale Untold

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.
2      Like the false dawns which perish in the bursting;
3Like empty cups of wrought and daedal gold,
4      Which mock the lips with air, when they are thirsting.


1] These are among the many short fragments from Shelley's MSS. published by Mary Shelley, his wife, in her editions of 1824 and 1839. There she entitles this poem A Tale Untold. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
1824, 1839
RPO poem Editors: 
M. T. Wilson
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.582.