Prometheus Unbound, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cancelled Fragments of “Prometheus Unbound”.

37

(following 1..)

When thou descendst each night with open eyes

In torture, for a tyrant seldom sleeps,

Thou never; . . .

. . .

195

(following 1..)

Which thou henceforth art doomed to interweave

. . .

342

(following the first two words of 1..)

[Of Hell:] I placed it in his choice to be

The crown, or trampled refuse of the world

With but one law itself a glorious boon —

I gave —

. . .

707

(following 1..)

SECOND SPIRIT:

I leaped on the wings of the Earth-star damp

As it rose on the steam of a slaughtered camp —

The sleeping newt heard not our tramp

As swift as the wings of fire may pass —

We threaded the points of long thick grass

Which hide the green pools of the morass

But shook a water-serpent’s couch

In a cleft skull, of many such

The widest; at the meteor’s touch

The snake did seem to see in dream

Thrones and dungeons overthrown

Visions how unlike his own . . .

’Twas the hope the prophecy

Which begins and ends in thee

. . .

110

(following 2.1..)

Lift up thine eyes Panthea — they pierce they burn

PANTHEA:

Alas! I am consumed — I melt away

The fire is in my heart —

ASIA:

Thine eyes burn burn! —

Hide them within thine hair —

PANTHEA:

O quench thy lips

I sink I perish

ASIA:

Shelter me now — they burn

It is his spirit in their orbs . . . my life

Is ebbing fast — I cannot speak —

PANTHEA:

Rest, rest!

Sleep death annihilation pain! aught else

. . .

27

(following 2.4..)

Or looks which tell that while the lips are calm

And the eyes cold, the spirit weeps within

Tears like the sanguine sweat of agony;

. . .

Uncancelled Passage.

71

(following 2.5..)

ASIA:

You said that spirits spoke, but it was thee

Sweet sister, for even now thy curved lips

Tremble as if the sound were dying there

Not dead

PANTHEA:

Alas it was Prometheus spoke

Within me, and I know it must be so

I mixed my own weak nature with his love

. . . And my thoughts

Are like the many forests of a vale

Through which the might of whirlwind and of rain

Had passed — they rest rest through the evening light

As mine do now in thy beloved smile.

Cancelled Stage Directions.

221

(following 1..)

[The sound beneath as of earthquake and the driving of whirlwinds — The ravine is split, and the Phantasm of Jupiter rises, surrounded by heavy clouds which dart forth lightning.]

520

(following 1..)

[Enter rushing by groups of horrible forms; they speak as they pass in chorus.]

552

(following 1..)
[A shadow passes over the scene, and a piercing shriek is heard.]

[First printed by Mr. C.D. Locock, “Examination of the Shelley Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library”, 1903, pages 33-7.]

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