Oh Lift Me!

Percy Bysshe Shelly 1792-1822

Joseph Severn's portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The radical 19th century poet practiced the politics of the plate. For Shelley and other liberals of his day, keeping sugar out of tea was a political statement against slavery.

Joseph Severn’s portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley. 

Oh lift me from the grass!

I die! I faint! I fail!

Let thy love and kisses rain

On my lips and eyelids pale.

My cheek is cold and white alas!

My heart beats loud and fast:-

Oh! Press it to thine own again,

Where it will break at last.