Front Page Titles (by Subject) SONG. - Posthumous Poems
SONG. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Posthumous Poems 
Posthumous Poems (London: John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824).
About Liberty Fund:
Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.
The text is in the public domain.
Fair use statement:
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.
- Rarely, rarely, comest thou,
- Spirit of Delight!
- Wherefore hast thou left me now
- Many a day and night?
- Many a weary night and day
- ’Tis since thou art fled away.
- How shall ever one like me
- Win thee back again?
- With the joyous and the free
- Thou wilt scoff at pain.
- Spirit false! thou hast forgot
- All but those who need thee not.
- As a lizard with the shade
- Of a trembling leaf,
- Thou with sorrow art dismayed;
- Even the sighs of grief
- Reproach thee, that thou art not near,
- And reproach thou wilt not hear.
- Let me set my mournful ditty
- To a merry measure,
- Thou wilt never come for pity,
- Thou wilt come for pleasure,
- Pity then will cut away
- Those cruel wings, and thou wilt stay.
- I love all that thou lovest,
- Spirit of Delight!
- The fresh Earth in new leaves drest,
- And the starry night;
- Autumn evening, and the morn
- When the golden mists are born.
- I love snow, and all the forms
- Of the radiant frost;
- I love waves, and winds, and storms,
- Every thing almost
- Which is Nature’s, and may be
- Untainted by man’s misery.
- I love tranquil solitude,
- And such society
- As is quiet, wise and good;
- Between thee and me
- What difference? but thou dost possess
- The things I seek, not love them less.
- I love Love—though he has wings,
- And like light can flee,
- But above all other things,
- Spirit, I love thee—
- Thou art love and life! O come,
- Make once more my heart thy home.