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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
412. To Sleep
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
A FLOCK of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky;—
 
I’ve thought of all by turns, and still I lie        5
Sleepless; and soon the small birds’ melodies
Must hear, first utter’d from my orchard trees,
And the first cuckoo’s melancholy cry.
 
Even thus last night, and two nights more I lay,
And could not win thee, Sleep! by any stealth:        10
So do not let me wear to-night away:
 
Without Thee what is all the morning’s wealth?
Come, blesséd barrier between day and day,
Dear mother of fresh thoughts and joyous health!
 

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