Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


Love's Rose

by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Hopes that swell in youthful breasts,
Live not through the waste of time!
Love's rose a host of thorns invests;
Cold, ungenial is the clime,
Where its honours blow.
Youth says, The purple flowers are mine,
Which die the while they glow.


Dear the boon to Fancy given,
Retracted whilst it's granted:
Sweet the rose which lives in Heaven
Although on earth 'tis planted,
Where its honours blow,
While by earth's slaves the leaves are riven
Which die the while they glow.


Age cannot Love destroy,
But Perfidy can blast the flower,
Even when in most unwary hour
It blooms in Fancy's bower.
Age cannot Love destroy,
But Perfidy can rend the shrine
In which its vermeil splendours shine.

Written June 1811
Published 1858


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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