Shelley, "Peterloo" and "The Mask of Anarchy"

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Private Circulation, 1887 - Peterloo Massacre, Manchester, England, 1819 - 29 pages
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Page 21 - Stand ye calm and resolute, Like a forest close and mute; With folded arms, and looks which are Weapons of an unvanquished war.
Page 12 - I have not been idle. My Prometheus is finished, and I am also on the eve of completing another work, totally different from anything you might conjecture that I should write, of a more popular kind ; and, if anything of mine could deserve attention, of higher claims. " Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou approve the performance.
Page 11 - Lancaster, who attended on that day, the great satisfaction derived by his royal highness from their prompt, decisive and efficient measures for the preservation of the public tranquillity...
Page 27 - Let the laws of your own land, Good or ill, between ye stand, Hand to hand, and foot to foot, Arbiters of the dispute. The old laws of England — they Whose reverend heads with age are gray, Children of a wiser day ; And whose solemn voice must be Thine own echo — Liberty ! On those who first should violate Such sacred heralds in their state, Rest the blood that must ensue ; And it will not rest on you.
Page 14 - The same day that your letter came, came the news of the Manchester work, and the torrent of my indignation has not yet done boiling in my veins. I wait anxiously to hear how the country will express its sense of this bloody, murderous oppression of its destroyers. " Something must be done. What, yet I know not.
Page 17 - And he wore a kingly crown; And in his grasp a sceptre shone; On his brow this mark I saw 'I AM GOD, AND KING, AND LAW!
Page 14 - These are, as it were, the distant thunders of the terrible storm which is approaching. The tyrants here, as in the French Revolution, have first shed blood. May their execrable lessons not be learnt with equal docility ! I still think there will be no coming to close quarters until financial affairs decidedly bring the oppressors and the oppressed together. Pray let me have the earliest political news which you consider of importance at this crisis.
Page 24 - From the highest. As from the vilest thing of every day He learns to wean himself; for the strong hours Conquer him. Yet I feel what I have lost In him. The bloom is vanished from my life. For O ! he stood beside me, like my youth, Transformed for me the real to a dream, Clothing the palpable and familiar With golden exhalations of the dawn. Whatever fortunes wait my future toils, The beautiful is vanished — and returns not.
Page 14 - Many thanks for your attention in sending the papers which contain the terrible and important news of Manchester. These are, as it were, the distant thunders of the terrible storm which is approaching. The tyrants here, as in the French Revolution, have first shed blood.
Page 22 - I do not in any degree believe that his being was regulated by the same laws that govern the existence of us common mortals — nor did any one think so who ever knew him. I have endeavoured, but how inadequately, to give some idea of him in my last published book...

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