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    Invocation

    by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    Rarely, rarely, comest thou,
    Spirit of Delight!
    Wherefore hast thou left me now
    Many a day and night?
    Many a weary night and day
    'Tis since thou art fled away.

    How shall ever one like me
    Win thee back again?
    With the joyous and the free
    Thou wilt scoff at pain.
    Spirit false! thou hast forgot
    All but those who need thee not.

    As a lizard with the shade
    Of a trembling leaf,
    Thou with sorrow art dismayed;
    Even the sighs of grief
    Reproach thee, that thou art not near,
    And reproach thou wilt not hear.

    Let me set my mournful ditty
    To a merry measure;
    Thou wilt never come for pity,
    Thou wilt come for pleasure; -
    Pity then will cut away
    Those cruel wings, and thou wilt stay.

    I love all that thou lovest,
    Spirit of Delight!
    The fresh Earth in new leaves dressed,
    And the starry night;
    Autumn evening, and the morn
    When the golden mists are born.

    I love snow and all the forms
    Of the radiant frost;
    I love waves, and winds, and storms,
    Everything almost
    Which is Nature's, and may be
    Untainted by man's misery.

    I love tranquil solitude,
    And such society
    As is quiet, wise, and good: -
    Between thee and me
    What diff'rence? but thou dost possess
    The things I seek, not love them less.

    I love Love -though he has wings,
    And like light can flee,
    But above all other things,
    Spirit, I love thee -
    Thou art love and life! O come!
    Make once more my heart thy home!
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