by Percy Bysshe Shelley
A Lament
To Edward Williams

Remembrance

Published by Mrs. Shelley, "Posthumous Poems", 1824, where it is entitled "A Lament". Three manuscript copies are extant: The Trelawny manuscript ("Remembrance"), the Harvard manuscript ("Song") and the Houghton manuscript-the last written by Shelley on a flyleaf of a copy of "Adonais".

 1. Swifter far than summer's flight- Swifter far than youth's delight- Swifter far than happy night, Art thou come and gone- As the earth when leaves are dead,  As the night when sleep is sped, As the heart when joy is fled, I am left lone, alone. 
 2. The swallow summer comes again- The owlet night resumes her reign-  But the wild-swan youth is fain To fly with thee, false as thou.- My heart each day desires the morrow; Sleep itself is turned to sorrow; Vainly would my winter borrow  Sunny leaves from any bough. 
 3. Lilies for a bridal bed- Roses for a matron's head- Violets for a maiden dead- Pansies let MY flowers be:  On the living grave I bear Scatter them without a tear- Let no friend, however dear, Waste one hope, one fear for me. 
 NOTES: _5-_7 So editions 1824, 1839, Trelawny manuscript, Harvard manuscript;     As the wood when leaves are shed,     As the night when sleep is fled,     As the heart when joy is dead Houghton manuscript. _13 So editions 1824, 1839, Harvard manuscript, Houghton manuscript.     My heart to-day desires to-morrow Trelawny manuscript. _20 So editions 1824, 1839, Harvard manuscript, Houghton manuscript.     Sadder flowers find for me Trelawny manuscript. _24 one hope, one fear]a hope, a fear Trelawny manuscript.