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TO HARRIET SHELLEY, by            
First Line: As some blithe schooner sailing on the breast
Last Line: The silent dark thereafter to inherit!
Subject(s): Fate; Marriage; Poetry & Poets; Sailing & Sailors; Shelley, Harriet Westbrook; Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822); Travel; Destiny; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Seamen; Sails; Journeys; Trips

AS some blithe schooner sailing on the breast
Of ocean, thrilled by the sheer voyaging,
Heedless that wave and wind must hourly bring
Her near and nearer to the haven-rest;—
Yard-arms akimbo, carelessness confest,
Dancing through worlds of water, white of wing
And light of heart;—finds harbour, wondering
Where now the roar, the rigour and the zest;

Creature of chance, so was it with thy life,
Who knew not, hardly loved, the element
Upbearing thee, but, glad to be a wife,
Took little thought whither the compass bent,—
Crossing the troubled deep of Shelley's spirit,
The silent Dark thereafter to inherit!

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