Percy Bysshe Shelley: To William Shelley ("My lost William")

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

To William Shelley

Published by Mrs. Shelley, "Posthumous Poems", 1824. The fragment included in the Harvard manuscript book.

(With what truth may I say?
Roma! Roma! Roma!
Non e piu come era prima!)
My lost William, thou in whom
Some bright spirit lived, and did
That decaying robe consume
Which its lustre faintly hid,?
Here its ashes find a tomb,
But beneath this pyramid
Thou art not?if a thing divine
Like thee can die, thy funeral shrine
Is thy mother's grief and mine.
Where art thou, my gentle child?
Let me think thy spirit feeds,
With its life intense and mild,
The love of living leaves and weeds
Among these tombs and ruins wild;?
Let me think that through low seeds
Of sweet flowers and sunny grass
Into their hues and scents may pass
A portion?
Motto _1 may I Harvard manuscript; I may 1824.
_12 With Harvard manuscript, Mrs. Shelley, 1847; Within 1824, 1839.
_16 Of sweet Harvard manuscript; Of the sweet 1824, 1839.