The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Shelley Volume 1

The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Shelley Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...their tale; Let every part depending on the chain That links it to the whole point to the hand That grasps its term! Let every seed that falls, In silent eloquence, unfold its store Of argument. Infinity within, '_' Infinity without, belie creation; _'i The exterminable spirit it contains Is Nature's only God; but human pride Is skilful to invent most serious names To hide its ignorance. The name of God Has fenced-about all crime with holiness; Himself the creature of his worshipers; Whose names and attributes and passions change--Seeva, Buddh, Foh, Jehovah, God, or Lord--Even with the human dupes who build his shrines, Still serving o'er the war-polluted world For desolation's watchword: whether hosts Stain his death-blushing chariot-wheels, as on Triumphantly they roll whilst Brahmins raise A sacred hymn to mingle with the groans; Or countless partners of his power divide His tyranny to weakness; or the smoke Of burning towns, the cries of female helplessness, Unarmed old age, and youth, and infancy, Horribly massacred, ascend to heaven In honour of his name; or, last and worst, Earth groans beneath religion's iron age, And priests dare babble of a God of peace Even whilst their hands are red with guiltless blo0d, --Murdering the while, uprooting every germ Of truth, exterminating, spoiling all, Making the earth a slaughter-house I O Spirit! through the sense By which thy inner nature was apprised Of outward shows, vague dreams have rolled, And varied reminiscences have waked Tablets that never fade; All things have been imprinted there, The stars, the sea, the earth, the sky, -Even the unshapeliest lineaments Of wild and fleeting visions Have left a record there To testify of earth. These are my empire, for...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930789
  • 9781236930781