The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (ed. Hutchinson, 1914)/Remembrance
[Published by Mrs. Shelley, Posthumous Poems, 1824, where it is entitled A Lament. Three MS. copies are extant: The Trelawny MS. (Remembrance), the Harvard MS. (Song) and the Houghton MS.—the last written by Shelley on a flyleaf of a copy of Adonais.]
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, 5
As the night when sleep is sped,
As the heart when joy is fled,
I am left lone, alone.
The swallow summer comes again—
The owlet night resumes her reign—
But the wild-swan youth is fain 11
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 15
Sunny leaves from any bough,
- Remembrance—5-7 So edd. 1824, 1839, Trelawny MS., Harvard MS.; As the wood when leaves are shed, As the night when sleep is fled, As the heart when joy is dead Houghton MS.
- 13 So edd. 1824, 1839, Harvard MS., Houghton MS.; My heart to-day desires to-morrow Trelawny MS.
- 20 So edd. 1824, 1839, Harvard MS., Houghton MS.; Sadder flowers find for me Trelawny MS.
- 24 one hope, one fear] a hope, a fear Trelawny MS.