Ode to the West Wind
Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822)

  O wild West Wind, thou breath of autumn's being,
  Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
  Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
  Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
  Pestilence-stricken multitudes:  O thou
  Who chariotest to their dark wintery bed
  The wingˇd seeds, where they lie cold and low,
  Each like a corpse, within its grave, until
  Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
  Her clairon o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
  (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
  With living hues and odours plain and hill:
  Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
  Destroyer and Preserver;  Hear, oh, hear!

   Thou on whose stream, 'mid the steep sky's commotion,
  Loose clouds like earth's decaying leaves are shed,
  Shook from the tangled boughs of Heaven and Ocean,
  Angels of rain and lightning;  there are spread
  On the blue surface of thine airy surge,
  Like the bright hair uplifted from the head
  Of some fierce Maenad, ev'n from the dim verge
  Of the horizon to the zenith's height--
  The locks of the approaching storm.  Thou dirge
  Of the dying year, to which this closing night
  Will be the dome of a vast sepulchre,
  Vaulted with all thy congregated might
  Of vapours, from whose solid atmosphere
  Black rain, and fire, and hail, will burst;  oh, hear!

   Thou who didst waken from his summer-dreams
  The blue Mediterranean, where he lay,
  Lull'd by the coil of his cystalline streams,
  Beside a pumice isle in Baiae's bay,
  And saw in sleep old palaces and towers
  Quivering within the wave's intenser day,
  All overgrown with azure moss and flowers
  So sweet, the sense faints picturing them!  Thou
  For whose path the Atlantic's level powers
  Cleave themselves into chasms, while far below
  The sea-blooms and the oozy woods which wear
  The sapless foliage of the ocean, know
  Thy voice, and suddenly grow grey with fear
  And tremble and espoil themselves:  oh, hear!

   If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
  If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
  A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share
  The impulse of thy strength, only less free
  Than thou, O uncontrollable!  If even
  I were as in my boyhood, and could be
  The comrade of thy wanderings over heaven,
  As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
  Scarce seem'd a vision, I would ne'er have striven
  As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
  Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
  I fall upon the thorns of life!  I bleed!
  A heavy weight of hours has chain'd and bow'd
  One too like thee:  tameless, and swift, and proud.

   Make me thy lyre, ev'n as the forest is:
  What if my leaves are falling like its own?
  The tumult of thy mighty harmonies
  Will take from both a deep autumnal tone,
  Sweet though in sadness.  Be thou, Spirit fierce,
  My spirit!  be thou me, impetuous one!
  Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
  Like wither'd leaves to quicken a new birth;
  And, by the incantation of this verse,
  Scatter, as from an unextinguish'd hearth
  Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
  Be through my lips to unawaken'd earth
  The trumpet of a prophecy!  O Wind,
  If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Immortal Poems of the English Language (Williams)