The Revolt Of Islam. - To Mary - - Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


So now my summer task is ended MaryB
And I return to thee mine own heart's homeC
As to his Queen some victor Knight of FaeryB
Earning bright spoils for her enchanted domeC
Nor thou disdain that ere my fame becomeD
A star among the stars of mortal nightE
If it indeed may cleave its natal gloomF
Its doubtful promise thus I would uniteE
With thy beloved name thou Child of love and lightE
The toil which stole from thee so many an hourB
Is ended and the fruit is at thy feetG
No longer where the woods to frame a bowerB
With interlaced branches mix and meetG
Or where with sound like many voices sweetG
Waterfalls leap among wild islands greenH
Which framed for my lone boat a lone retreatG
Of moss grown trees and weeds shall I be seenH
But beside thee where still my heart has ever beenI
Thoughts of great deeds were mine dear Friend when firstJ
The clouds which wrap this world from youth did passK
I do remember well the hour which burstJ
My spirit's sleep A fresh May dawn it wasL
When I walked forth upon the glittering grassK
And wept I knew not why until there roseM
From the near schoolroom voices that alasK
Were but one echo from a world of woesM
The harsh and grating strife of tyrants and of foesM
And then I clasped my hands and looked aroundN
But none was near to mock my streaming eyesO
Which poured their warm drops on the sunny groundN
So without shame I spake 'I will be wiseO
And just and free and mild if in me liesO
Such power for I grow weary to beholdP
The selfish and the strong still tyranniseO
Without reproach or check ' I then controlledP
My tears my heart grew calm and I was meek and boldP
And from that hour did I with earnest thoughtQ
Heap knowledge from forbidden mines of loreB
Yet nothing that my tyrants knew or taughtQ
I cared to learn but from that secret storeB
Wrought linked armour for my soul beforeB
It might walk forth to war among mankindR
Thus power and hope were strengthened more and moreB
Within me till there came upon my mindR
A sense of loneliness a thirst with which I pinedR
Alas that love should be a blight and snareB
To those who seek all sympathies in oneS
Such once I sought in vain then black despairB
The shadow of a starless night was thrownT
Over the world in which I moved aloneT
Yet never found I one not false to meB
Hard hearts and cold like weights of icy stoneT
Which crushed and withered mine that could not beB
Aught but a lifeless clod until revived by theeB
Thou Friend whose presence on my wintry heartU
Fell like bright Spring upon some herbless plainV
How beautiful and calm and free thou wertW
In thy young wisdom when the mortal chainV
Of Custom thou didst burst and rend in twainV
And walked as free as light the clouds amongX
Which many an envious slave then breathed in vainV
From his dim dungeon and my spirit sprungX
To meet thee from the woes which had begirt it longY
No more alone through the world's wildernessO
Although I trod the paths of high intentZ
I journeyed now no more companionlessO
Where solitude is like despair I wentZ
There is the wisdom of a stern contentZ
When Poverty can blight the just and goodA2
When Infamy dares mock the innocentB2
And cherished friends turn with the multitudeC2
To trample this was ours and we unshaken stoodA2
Now has descended a serener hourB
And with inconstant fortune friends returnD2
Though suffering leaves the knowledge and the powerB
Which says Let scorn be not repaid with scornE2
And from thy side two gentle babes are bornE2
To fill our home with smiles and thus are weB
Most fortunate beneath life's beaming mornE2
And these delights and thou have been to meB
The parents of the Song I consecrate to theeB
Is it that now my inexperienced fingersO
But strike the prelude of a loftier strainV
Or must the lyre on which my spirit lingersO
Soon pause in silence ne'er to sound againF2
Though it might shake the Anarch Custom's reignV
And charm the minds of men to Truth's own swayG2
Holier than was Amphion's I would fainV
Reply in hope but I am worn awayG2
And Death and Love are yet contending for their preyG2
And what art thou I know but dare not speakH2
Time may interpret to his silent yearsO
Yet in the paleness of thy thoughtful cheekH2
And in the light thine ample forehead wearsO
And in thy sweetest smiles and in thy tearsO
And in thy gentle speech a prophecyB
Is whispered to subdue my fondest fearsO
And through thine eyes even in thy soul I seeB
A lamp of vestal fire burning internallyB
They say that thou wert lovely from thy birthI2
Of glorious parents thou aspiring ChildJ2
I wonder not for One then left this earthI2
Whose life was like a setting planet mildJ2
Which clothed thee in the radiance undefiledJ2
Of its departing glory still her fameK2
Shines on thee through the tempests dark and wildJ2
Which shake these latter days and thou canst claimK2
The shelter from thy Sire of an immortal nameK2
One voice came forth from many a mighty spiritJ2
Which was the echo of three thousand yearsO
And the tumultuous world stood mute to hear itJ2
As some lone man who in a desert hearsO
The music of his home unwonted fearsO
Fell on the pale oppressors of our raceO
And Faith and Custom and low thoughted caresO
Like thunder stricken dragons for a spaceO
Left the torn human heart their food and dwelling placeO
Truth's deathless voice pauses among mankindJ2
If there must be no response to my cryB
If men must rise and stamp with fury blindJ2
On his pure name who loves them thou and IB
Sweet friend can look from our tranquillityJ2
Like lamps into the world's tempestuous nightJ2
Two tranquil stars while clouds are passing byB
Which wrap them from the foundering seaman's sightJ2
That burn from year to year with unextinguished lightJ2

Percy Bysshe Shelley


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