A Lament (O world! O life! O time!)

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A Lament
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

O world! O life! O time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -- Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight;
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar,
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -- Oh, never more!

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.