Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Percy Bysshe Shelley (Inscription for the couch, still preserved, on which he
passed the last night of his life) (Delware corrected copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1881
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
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- 'Twixt those twin worlds,—the world of Sleep, which gave
- No dream to warn,—the tidal world of Death,
- Which the earth's sea, as the earth, replenisheth,—
- Shelley, Song's orient sun, to breast the wave,
- Rose from this couch that morn. Ah! did he brave
- Only the sea?—or did man's deed of hell
- Engulph his bark 'mid mists impenetrable? . . .
- No eye discerned, nor any power might save.
- When that mist cleared, O Shelley! What dread veil
10Was rent for thee,
who held'st far-darkling Truth
The sovereign guide
o'er steeps of
through thy brief ageless youth?
- Was the Truth
thy Truth, Shelley?—Hush! All-Hail,
Past doubt, thou gav'st it; and in that thy sphere
- Art first of praisers, being most praisèd here.
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