Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes

I am the daughter of Earth and Water, And the nursling of the Sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. The Cloud (l. 73-76). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840). This axiom constituted the cornerstone of Shelley's philosophy.
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That orbed maiden with white fire laden, Whom mortals call the Moon,
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. The Cloud (l. 45-46). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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The inheritors of unfulfilled renown
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Adonais (Fr. XLV). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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Death is the veil which those who live call life: They sleep, and it is lifted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. The earth, in Prometheus Unbound, act 3, sc. 3 (1820). In 1818, two years before the publication of this work, Shelley started an untitled sonnet, "Lift not the painted veil which those who live/Call Life ......"
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The One remains, the many change and pass; Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly; Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, Stains the white radiance of Eternity, Until Death tramples it to fragments.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Adonais (Fr. LII). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. The earth, in Prometheus Unbound, act 4, l. 403 (1820).
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He hath awakened from the dream of life—
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Adonais (Fr. XXXIX). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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Oh, lift me from the grass! I die! I faint! I fail! Let thy love in kisses rain On my lips and eyelids pale.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. The Indian Serenade (l. 17-19). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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He is a portion of the loveliness Which once he made more lovely:
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Adonais (Fr. XLIII). . . The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley, ed. (1994) The Modern Library/Random House.
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