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Hymn to the Spirit of Nature

Written by: Percy Bysshe Shelley | Biography
 | Quotes (77) |
LIFE of Life! thy lips enkindle 
With their love the breath between them; 
And thy smiles before they dwindle 
Make the cold air fire: then screen them 
In those locks where whoso gazes 5 
Faints entangled in their mazes. 

Child of Light! thy limbs are burning 
Through the veil which seems to hide them  
As the radiant lines of morning 
Through thin clouds ere they divide them; 10 
And this atmosphere divinest 
Shrouds thee wheresoe'er thou shinest. 

Fair are others: none beholds thee; 
But thy voice sounds low and tender 
Like the fairest for it folds thee 15 
From the sight that liquid splendour; 
And all feel yet see thee never  
As I feel now lost for ever! 

Lamp of Earth! where'er thou movest 
Its dim shapes are clad with brightness 20 
And the souls of whom thou lovest 
Walk upon the winds with lightness 
Till they fail as I am failing  
Dizzy lost yet unbewailing!