Portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley on the new Constitution of Naples which he hoped would be “as a mirror to make … blind slaves see” (1820)

Found in: Posthumous Poems (1824)

Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote "Ode to Naples (1820)" on hearing about the proclamation of a Constitutional Government at Naples:

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ANTISRHE β. 2. From Freedom’s form divine, From Nature’s inmost shrine, Strip every impious gawd, rend Error veil by veil: O’er Ruin desolate, O’er Falsehood’s fallen state Sit thou sublime, unawed; be the Destroyer pale! And equal laws be thine, And winged words let sail, Freighted with truth even from the throne of God: That wealth, surviving fate, Be thine.—All hail!