Lines (Shelley, "That time is dead for ever, child")


[Published by Mrs. Shelley with the date 'November 5th, 1817,' in Posthumous Poems, 1824.]


That time is dead for ever, child!
Drowned, frozen, dead for ever!
We look on the past
And stare aghast
At the spectres wailing, pale and ghast,5
Of hopes which thou and I beguiled
To death on life's dark river.


The stream we gazed on then rolled by;
Its waves are unreturning;
But we yet stand10
In a lone land,
Like tombs to mark the memory
Of hopes and fears, which fade and flee
In the light of life's dim morning.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.