Original Text: 
Henry Van Dyke, The White Bees and Other Poems (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909): 48. PS 3117 W5 1909 Robarts Library.
2    And Minstrel of the Unfulfilled Desire;
3    For ever tuning thy frail earthly lyre
4To some unearthly music, and possessed
5With painful passionate longing to invest
6    The golden dream of Love's immortal fire
7    In mortal robes of beautiful attire,
8And fold perfection to thy throbbing breast!
9What wonder, Shelley, if the restless wave
10    Should claim thee and the leaping flame consume
11      Thy drifted form on Viareggio's beach?
12Fate to thy body gave a fitting grave,
13    And bade thy soul ride on with fiery plume,
14      Thy wild song ring in ocean's yearning speech!


1] Shelley: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romantic poet. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.