Stanza, Written at Bracknell

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Thy dewy looks sink in my breast;
Thy gentle words stir poison there;
Thou hast disturbed the only rest
That was the portion of despair!
Subdued to Duty's hard control,
I could have borne my wayward lot:
The chains that bind this ruined soul
Had cankered then--but crushed it not.

Composed March, 1814.
Published in Hogg's "Life of Shelley", 1858.

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