Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


A gentle story of two lovers young...

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

A gentle story of two lovers young,
Who met in innocence and died in sorrow,
And of one selfish heart, whose rancour clung
Like curses on them; are ye slow to borrow
The lore of truth from such a tale?
Or in this world's deserted vale,
Do ye not see a star of gladness
Pierce the shadows of its sadness, --
When ye are cold, that love is a light sent
From Heaven, which none shall quench, to cheer the innocent?

Published 1839, 2nd Edition.


The Lyrics and Shorter Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Copyright 1907, reprinted 1913
London: J.M. Dent and Sons, Ltd.
New York: E.P. Dutton and Co.
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