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The Indian Serenade by Percy Bysshe Shelley


"The Indian Serenade" is a lyrical love poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this writing, Shelley is speaking about his beloved. He says that he was dreaming of his love and went to her chamber-window. While there, he wishes that she would awake and kiss him and hold him tight. He faints and wants her to pick him up and kiss him all over.

"The Indian Serenade" is written as three stanzas with eight lines in each. The poem has no foot pattern, but it is rhymed in ABCBADCD. This lyric is seen as one of Shelley's best love poems.


The Indian Serenade

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep or night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Has led me-who knows how? -
To thy chamber-window, sweet!

The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream,-
The champak odors fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart,
As I must die on thine,
O, beloved as thou art!

O, lift me from the grass!
I die, I faint, I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast:
Oh! press it close to thine again,
Where it will break at last.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Love, Relationship

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