Fragment: 'A Gentle Story of Two Lovers Young'
Published by Mrs. Shelley, "Poetical Works", 1839, 2nd edition.
A gentle story of two lovers young, Who met in innocence and died in sorrow, And of one selfish heart, whose rancour clung Like curses on them; are ye slow to borrow The lore of truth from such a tale? Or in this world's deserted vale, Do ye not see a star of gladness Pierce the shadows of its sadness,— When ye are cold, that love is a light sent From Heaven, which none shall quench, to cheer the innocent?
NOTE: _9 cold]told cj. A.C. Bradley. For the metre cp. Fragment: To a Friend Released from Prison.