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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Picture-Show.  1920.

26. Slumber-Song


SLEEP; and my song shall build about your bed 
A paradise of dimness. You shall feel 
The folding of tired wings; and peace will dwell 
Throned in your silence: and one hour shall hold 
Summer, and midnight, and immensity         5
Lulled to forgetfulness. For, where you dream, 
The stately gloom of foliage shall embower 
Your slumbering thought with tapestries of blue. 
And there shall be no memory of the sky, 
Nor sunlight with its cruelty of swords.  10
But, to your soul that sinks from deep to deep 
Through drowned and glimmering colour, Time shall be 
Only slow rhythmic swaying; and your breath; 
And roses in the darkness; and my love. 


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