Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


Lines: We Meet Not As We Parted

by Percy Bysshe Shelley


We meet not as we parted,
We feel more than all may see;
My bosom is heavy-hearted,
And thine full of doubt for me: --
One moment has bound the free.


That moment is gone for ever,
Like lightning that flashed and died --
Like a snowflake upon the river --
Like a sunbeam upon the tide,
Which the dark shadows hide.


That moment from time was singled
As the first of a life of pain;
The cup of its joy was mingled
-- Delusion too sweet though vain!
Too sweet to be mine again.


Sweet lips, could my heart have hidden
That its life was crushed by you,
Ye would not have then forbidden
The death which a heart so true
Sought in your briny dew.


. . .
. . .
. . .
Methinks too little cost
For a moment so found, so lost!

Published 1862


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.