Percy Bysshe Shelley

Aug. 4, 1792 - July 8, 1822


To___. (I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden,...)

by Percy Bysshe Shelley


I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden,
Thou needest not fear mine:
My spirit is too deeply laden
Ever to burthen thine.


I fear thy mien, thy tones, thy motion,
Thou needest not fear mine:
Innocent is the heart's devotion
With which I worship thine.

Written 1820.
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.