Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Waning Moon

by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Autumn: A Dirge
To the Moon

The Waning Moon

Published by Mrs. Shelley, "Posthumous Poems", 1824.

And like a dying lady, lean and pale,
Who totters forth, wrapped in a gauzy veil,
Out of her chamber, led by the insane
And feeble wanderings of her fading brain,
The moon arose up in the murky East,
A white and shapeless mass—