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Page MEMOIR OF PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY V THE REVOLT OF ISLAM .
1 THE CENCI; a Tragedy, in Five Acts ..... 50 PROMETHEUS UNBOUND; a Lyrical Drama, in Four Acts.
77 QUEEN MAB
Noble and unfortunate Lady Emilia
164 HELLAS; a Lyrical Drama.
170 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS:
Julian and Maddalo; a Conversation 182
187 The Triumph of Life
193 Lines written among the Euganean Hills. 198 Letter to
201 The Sensitive Plant.
204 A Vision of the Sea
207 Ode to Heaven...
208 Ode to the West Wind.
209 An Ode, written October 1819, before the
Spaniards had recovered their Liberty . 210 Ode to Liberty.
ib. Ode to Naples
213 The Cloud ..
214 To a Skylark
215 An Exhortation
216 Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.
ib. Marianne's Dream
217 Mont Blanc ...
218 On the Medusa of Leonardo da Vinci, in the Florentine Gallery ....
219 Song. “ Rarely, rarely, comest thou" 220 To Constantia, singing..
ib. The Fugitives
221 A Lament
ib. The Pine Forest of the Cascine, near Pisa ib. To Night
223 Evening-Ponte a Mare, Pisa.
ib. The Question.... Lines to an Indian Air....
ib. Stanzas, written in dejection, near Naples ib. Autumn; a Dirge
225 Hymn of Apollo.....
Page Hymn of Pan.
225 The Boat on the Serchio
226 The Zucca
ib. The Two Spirits; an Allegory.
227 A Fragment
228 A Bridal Song
ib. The Sunset .
ib. Song. On a Faded Violet
229 Lines to a Critic
ib. Good Night.
ib. A Lament.
ib. Love's Philosophy
ib. To E*** V***
ib. To William Shelley
ib. An Allegory
ib. From the Arabic; an Imitation
ib. November, 1815
ib. Death ..
232 Passage of the Apennines
ib. The Past
ib. Song of a Spirit
ib. The Isle
ib. A Song
ib. The World's Wanderers
ib. A Dirge
ib. “O! there are spirits of the air'
ib. Stanzas.—April, 1814
235 On Death
ib. A Summer Evening Church-yard, Lechdale, Gloucestershire
ib. Lines, written on hearing the News of the Death of Napoleon .
ib. Summer and Winter .
236 The Tower of Famine
ib. The Aziola ....
ib. Dirge for the Year.
Translated from the Greek of Moschus ..
238 TRANSLATIONS :
Hymn to Mercury-translated from Homerib. The Cyclops ; a Satiric Drama, translated from the Greek of Euripides.
Page Scenes, from the “ Magico Prodigioso" of Calderon
253 Translation from Moschus ....
260 Scenes from the Faust" of Goëthe.Prologue in Heaven
260 May-Day Night
261 FRAGMENTS : Ginevra
265 Charles the First .
267 From an unfinished Drama..
270 Prince Athanase
ib. Mazenghi ....
273 The Woodman and the Nightingale 274 To the Moon
275 Song for Tasso
ib. The Waning Moon
The Publishers of the present edition of Mr. Shel- universal of all feelings, and have endeavored to ley's Poetical Works think it necessary to state, that strengthen the moral sense, by forbidding it to waste the first Poem in the collection, “ THE Revolt of its energies in seeking to avoid actions which are Islam," did not originally bear that title: it appeared only crimes of convention. It is because there is so under the name of “LAON AND CYTHNA; or the Revo- great a multitude of artificial vices, that there are so lution of the Golden City: a Vision of the Nineteenth few real virtues. Those feelings alone which are Century.” But, with the exception of this change of benevolent or malevolent are essentially good or bad. name,-into the reasons that led to which it is now The circumstance of which I speak was introduced, unnecessary to inquire—some inconsiderable verbal however, merely to accustom men to that charity and corrections, and the omission of the following para- toleration, which the exhibition of a practice widely graph and note in the preface, the poem is in all differing from their own has a tendency to promote.* respects the same as when first given to the public. Nothing, indeed, can be more mischievous than many
“In the personal conduct of my hero and heroine, actions innocent in themselves, which might bring there is one circumstance which was intended to down upon individuals the bigoted contempt and rage startle the reader from the trance of ordinary life. It of the multitude." was my object to break through the crust of those outwom opinions on which established institutions • The sentiments connected with and characteristic of this depend. I have appealed, therefore, to the most circumstance have no persona, reference to the writer.
Memoir of Percy Bygehe Shelley.
FIELD-Place, in the county of Sussex, was the spot in his second term, as he refused to retract any of where Percy Bysshe Shelley first saw the light. his opinions; and thereby incurred the marked He was born on the 4th of August, 1792; and displeasure of his father. This expulsion arising, was the eldest son of Sir Timothy Shelley, Bart. as he believed conscientiously, from his avowal of of Castle-Goring. His family is an ancient one, what he thought to be true, did not deeply affect and a branch of it has become the representative him. His mind seems to have been wandering in of the house of the illustrious Sir Philip Sidney a maze of doubt at times between truth and error, of Penshurst. Despising honors which only rest ardently desirous of finding the truth, warm in upon the accidental circumstances of birth, Shel- its pursuit, but without a pole-star to guide him ley was proud of this connexion with an immortal in steering after it. In this state of things he met name. At the customary age, about thirteen, he with the Political Justice of Godwin, and read it was sent to Eton School, and before he had com- with eagerness and delight. What he had wanted pleted his fifteenth year, he published two novels, he had now found; he determined that justice the Rosicrucian and Zasterozzi. From Eton he should be his sole guide, and justice alone. He removed to University College, Oxford, to mature regarded not whether what he did was after the his studies, at the age of sixteen, an earlier period fashion of the world; he pursued the career he than is usual. At Oxford he was, according to had marked out with sincerity, and excited cen. custom, imbued with the elements of logic; and sure for some of his actions and praise for others, he ventured, in contempt of the fiat of the Univer- bordering upon wonder, in proportion as they were sity, to apply them to the investigation of ques- singular, or as their motives could not be appretions which it is orthodox to take for granted. His ciated. His notions at the University tended to original and uncompromising spirit of inquiry atheism; and in a work which he published encould not reconcile the limited use of logical prin- titled “Queen Mab,” it is evident that this doctrine ciples. He boldly tested, or attempted to test, had at one time a hold upon his mind. This was propositions which he imagined, the more they printed for private circulation only, and was piwere obscure, and the more claim they had upon rated by a knavish bookseller and given to the his credence, the greater was the necessity for ex- public, long after the writer had altered many of amining them. His spirit was an inquiring one, the opinions expressed in it, disclaimed it, and and he fearlessly sought after what he believed to lamented its having been printed. He spoke of be truth, before, it is probable, he had acquired all the commonly-received notions of God with conthe information necessary to guide him, from col- tempt; and hence the idea that he denied the belateral sources—a common error of headstrong ing of any superintending first cause. He was youth. This is the more likely to be the case, as not on this head sufficiently explicit. He seemed when time had matured his knowledge, he differed hopeless, in moments of low spirits, of there being much on points upon which, in callow years and such a ruling power as he wished, yet he ever without an instructor, flung upon the world to clung to the idea of some “great spirit of intelform his own principles of action, guileless, and lectual beauty" being throughout all things. His vehement, he was wont to advocate strongly. Shel- life was inflexibly moral and benevolent. He acted ley possessed the bold quality of inquiring into up to the theory of his received doctrine of justhe reason of every thing, and of resisting what he tice; and, after all the censures that were cast could not reconcile to be right according to his apon him, who shall impugn the man who thus conscience. In some persons this has been de-acts and lives ? nominated a virtue, in others a sin—just as it Shelley married at an early age a Miss Harriet might happen to chime in with worldly custom or Westbrooke, a very beautiful girl, much younger received opinion. At school he formed a conspi- than himself, daughter of a coffee-house-keeper, racy for resistance to that most odious and de- retired from business. By this marriage he so irtestable custom of English seminaries, fagging, ritated his father, that he was entirely abandoned which pedagogues are bold enough to defend open- by him ; but the lady's father allowed them 2001. ly at the present hour.
per annum, and they resided some time in Edin. At Oxford he imprudently printed a dissertation burgh and then in Ireland. The match was a on the being of a God, which caused his expulsion Gretna-green one, and did not turn out happily,
238 TRANSLATIONS :
Hymn to Mercury-translated from Homer ib.
from the Greek of Euripides ....... 245
Page Scenes, from the “ Magico Prodigioso" of Calderon
253 Translation from Moschus
260 Scenes from the “Faust” of Goëthe.Prologue in Heaven
260 May-Day Night
261 FRAGMENTS: Ginevra ....
26 Charles the First
26 From an unfinished Drama..
The Publishers of the present edition of Mr. Shel- universal of all feelings, and have endeavored ley's Poetical Works think it necessary to state, that strengthen the moral sense, by forbidding it to wa the first Poem in the collection, “The Revolt of its energies in seeking to avoid actions which Islam," did not originally bear that title: it appeared only crimes of convention. It is because there is under the name of " LAON AND CYTHNA; or the Revo- great a multitude of artificial vices, that there are lution of the Golden City : a Vision of the Nineteenth few real virtues. Those feelings alone which * Century." But, with the exception of this change of benevolent or malevolent are essentially good or b name, -into the reasons that led to which it is now The circumstance of which I speak was introduc unnecessary to inquire-some inconsiderable verbal however, merely to accustom men to that charity a corrections, and the omission of the following para- toleration, which the exhibition of a practice wid graph and note in the preface, the poem is in all differing from their own has a tendency to promo respects the same as when first given to the public. Nothing, indeed, can be more mischievous than my
• In the personal conduct of my hero and heroine, actions innocent in themselves, which might br there is one circumstance which was intended to down upon individuals the bigoted contempt and ro startle the reader from the trance of ordinary life. It of the multitude." was my object to break through the crust of those outworn opinions on which established institutions • The sentiments connocted with and characteristic of depend. I have appealed, therefore, to the most circumstance have no persona, reference to the writer.