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suited Shelley,-its river, the near mountains, and not distant sea, added to its attractions, and were the objects of many delightful excursions. We feared the south of Italy, and a hotter climate, on account of our child; our former bereavement inspiring us with terror. We seemed to take root here, and moved little afterwards; often, indeed, entertaining projects for visiting other parts of Italy, but still delaying. But for our fears on account of our child, I believe we should have wandered over the world, both being passionately fond of travelling. But human life, besides its great unalterable necessities, is ruled by a thousand Liliputian ties, that shackle at the time, although it is difficult to account afterwards for their influence over our destiny.
POEMS WRITTEN IN 1821.
VERSES ADDRESSED TO THE NOBLE AND UNFORTUNATE
LADY EMILIA V-
NOW IMPRISONED IN THE CONVENT OF
"L'anima amante si slancia fuori del creato, e si crea nel Infinito un mondo tutto per essa, diverso assai da questo Oscuro e pauroso baratro."-Her own words. *
My Song, I fear that thou wilt find but few
My last delight! tell them that they are dull,
The composition from which this motto was taken is n Medwin's Life of Shelley, 67
THE writer of the following lines died at Florence, as he was preparing for a voyage to one of the wildest of the Spo rades, which he had bought, and where he had fitted up the ruins of an old building, and where it was his hope to have realized a scheme of life, suited perhaps to that happier and better world of which he is now an inhabitant, but hardly practicable in this. His life was singular; less on account of the romantic vicissitudes which diversified it, than the ideal tinge which it received from his own character and feelings. The present Poem, like the Vita Nuova of Dante, is sufficiently intelligible to a certain class of readers without a matter-of-fact history of the circumstances to which it relates; and to a certain other class it must ever remain incomprehensible, from a defect of a common organ of perception for the ideas of which it treats. Not but that, gran vergogna sarebbe a colui, che rimasse cosa sotto veste di figura, o di colore rettorico: e domandato non sapesse denudare le sue parole da cotal veste, in guisa che avessero verace intendimento.
The present poem appears to have been intended by the writer as the dedication to some longer one. The stanza on the preceding page is almost a literal translation from Dante's famous canzone
Voi ch' intendendo, il terzo ciel movete, &c.
The presumptuous application of the concluding lines to nis own composition will raise a smile at the expense of my unfortunate friend: be it a smile not of contempt, but pity. S.
SWEET Spirit! sister of that orphan one, Whose empire is the name thou weepest on, In my heart's temple I suspend to thee These votive wreaths of withered memory.
Poor captive bird! who, from thy narrow cage, Pourest such music, that it might assuage The rugged hearts of those who prisoned thee, Were they not deaf to all sweet melody; This song shall be thy rose: its petals pale Are dead, indeed, my adorèd nightingale! But soft and fragrant is the faded blossom, And it has no thorn left to wound thy bosom.
High, spirit-winged Heart! who dost for ever Beat thine unfeeling bars with vain endeavour, Till those bright plumes of thought, in which arrayed
It over-soared this low and worldly shade,
Seraph of Heaven! too gentle to be human, Veiling beneath that radiant form of woman
All that is insupportable in thee
Among the dead; thou Star above the Storm; Thou Wonder, and thou Beauty, and thou Ter
Thou Harmony of Nature's art; thou Mirror
With those clear drops, which start like sacred
From the twin lights thy sweet soul darkens through,
Weeping, till sorrow becomes ecstasy :
I never thought before my death to see Youth's vision thus made perfect: Emily,
I love thee; though the world by no thin name Will hide that love from its unvalued shame. Would we two had been twins of the same mother!
Or, that the name my heart lent to another