Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


At Bracknell (I.)

by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Thy dewy looks sink in my breast;
Thy gentle words stir poison there;
Thou hast disturbed the only rest
That was the portion of despair!
Subdued to Duty's hard control,
I could have borne my wayward lot:
The chains that bind this ruined soul
Had cankered then -- but crushed it not.

Written March, 1814
Published 1858

At Bracknell (II.)


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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