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Memorial to Percy Bysshe Shelley
commissioned by the Shelley family
Grade I (England and Wales)
time restrictions apply
Priory opening times.
to the front of the base: TO THE MEMORY OF / PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY / BORN AT FIELD PLACE IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX AUGUST 4TH 1792 / DROWNED BY THE UPSETTING OF HIS BOAT IN THE GULF OF SPEZZIA JULY 8TH 1822 / HIS ASHES ARE INTERRED IN THE PROTESTANT BURIAL GROUND AT ROME / ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF / MARY WOLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY HIS WIDOW. BORN AUGUST 30 1797 DIED FEBRUARY 1 1851 / HER REMAINS ARE INTERRED TOGETHER WITH THOSE OF HER FATHER WILLIAM GODWIN / AND HER MOTHER MARY WOLSTONECRAFT GODWIN / IN THE CHURCHYARD AT BOURNEMOUTH / HE HAS OUT-SOARED THE SHADOW OF OUR NIGHT / ENVY AND CALUMNY AND HATE AND PAIN / AND THAT UNREST WHICH MEN MISCALL DELIGHT, / CAN TOUCH HIM NOT AND TORTURE NOT AGAIN / FROM THE CONTAGION OF THE WORLD'S SLOW STAIN / HE IS SECURE, AND NOW CAN NEVER TURN / A HEART GROWN COLD, A HEAD GROWN GREY IN VAIN / NOR WHEN THE SPIRITS SELF HAS CEASED TO BURN / WITH SPARKLESS ASHES LOAD AN UNLAMENTED URN