are the only ones I have noted as uncancelled in this particular poem, beyond those recorded by Prof. Woodberry
But there are many cases where the manuscript shows, in Shelley
's own handwriting, variations subsequently cancelled by him; and these deserve study by all students of the poetic art. His ear was so exquisite and his sense of the balance
of a phrase so remarkable, that it is always interesting to see the path by which he came to the final utterance, whatever that was. I have therefore copied a number of these modified lines, giving first Prof. Woodberry
's text and then the original form of language, as it appears in Shelley
's handwriting, italicizing the words which vary, and giving the pages of Prof. Woodberry
The cancellation or change is sometimes made in pen, sometimes in pencil; and it is possible that, in a few cases, it may have been made by Mrs. Shelley
Gazed through clear dew on the tender sky.
Gazed through its tears on the tender sky.
The beams which dart from many a star
Of the flowers whose hues they bear afar.
The beams which dart from many a sphere
Of the starry flowers whose hues they bear.