Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Love's Rose


I.
Hopes, that swell in youthful breasts,
Live not through the waste of time!
Love’s rose a host of thorns invests;
Cold, ungenial is the clime,
Where its honours blow.
Youth says, ‘The purple flowers are mine,’
Which die the while they glow.

II.
Dear the boon to Fancy given,
Retracted whilst it’s granted:
Sweet the rose which lives in Heaven,
Although on earth ’tis planted,
Where its honours blow,
While by earth’s slaves the leaves are riven
Which die the while they glow.

III.
Age cannot Love destroy,
But perfidy can blast the flower,
Even when in most unwary hour
It blooms in Fancy’s bower.
Age cannot Love destroy,
But perfidy can rend the shrine
In which its vermeil splendours shine.

Submitted: Thursday, April 01, 2010

Do you like this poem?
4 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Love's Rose by Percy Bysshe Shelley )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie H. Reese (5/13/2012 8:23:00 PM)

    This poem is about getting lost in the future, destroying what's given. Go to truthcontest.com go to the insights section on the bottom right and read about love, sex, and marriage in the second column from the left (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. A drop fell on the apple tree, Emily Dickinson
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Poem of the Day

poet Henry David Thoreau

Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.

If with light head erect I sing,
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Grandma's Attic...(Prose), Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  2. Diana's Pool, Julyn Pride
  3. For My Pen, Ibrahim Lawal Soro
  4. Villanelle: When countries slaughter mai.., T (no first name) Wignesan
  5. Coywolf, Julyn Pride
  6. December Walk, Julyn Pride
  7. Conundrums Consequence..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  8. Whats and Whats, Ibrahim Lawal Soro
  9. No Answers To Love, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Angelwalk 2, Mr. Spock
[Hata Bildir]