Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


The Isle

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

There was a little lawny islet
By anemone and violet,
Like mosaic, paven:
And its roof was flowers and leaves
Which the summer's breath enweaves,
Where nor sun nor showers nor breeze
Pierce the pines and tallest trees,
Each a gem engraven; --
Girt by many an azure wave
With which the clouds and mountains pave
A lake's blue chasm.

Published 1824.


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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