Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


Fragments To Music

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Silver key of the fountain of tears,
Where the Spirit drinks till the brain is wild;
Softest grave of a thousand fears,
Where their Mother, Care, like a drowsy child,
Is laid asleep in flowers . . .

No, Music, thou art not the food of Love,
Unless Love feeds upon its own sweet self,
Till it becomes all Music murmurs of.

Dated 1817.
Both published 1839.


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.