Front Page Titles (by Subject) SONNET II. POLITICAL GREATNESS. - Posthumous Poems
SONNET II. POLITICAL GREATNESS. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Posthumous Poems 
Posthumous Poems (London: John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824).
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- Nor happiness, nor majesty, nor fame,
- Nor peace, nor strength, nor skill in arms or arts,
- Shepherd those herds whom tyranny makes tame;
- Verse echoes not one beating of their hearts,
- History is but the shadow of their shame,
- Art veils her glass, or from the pageant starts
- As to oblivion their blind millions fleet,
- Staining that Heaven with obscene imagery
- Of their own likeness. What are numbers knit
- By force or custom? Man who man would be,
- Must rule the empire of himself; in it
- Must be supreme, establishing his throne
- On vanquished will, quelling the anarchy
- Of hopes and fears, being himself alone.