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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Half-Waking
 
William Allingham (1824–89)
 
 
I THOUGHT it was the little bed
  I slept in long ago;
A straight white curtain at the head,
  And two smooth knobs below.
 
I thought I saw the nursery fire,        5
  And in a chair well-known
My mother sat, and did not tire
  With reading all alone.
 
If I should make the slightest sound
  To show that I ’m awake,        10
She’d rise, and lap the blankets round,
  My pillow softly shake;
 
Kiss me, and turn my face to see
  The shadows on the wall,
And then sing “Rousseau’s Dream” to me,        15
  Till fast asleep I fall.
 
But this is not my little bed;
  That time is far away:
With strangers now I live instead,
  From dreary day to day.        20
 

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