A Lament by Percy Bysshe Shelley
First Published: 1824

 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!

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