The Warm Milk Journal

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Two More Famous poems about sleep

Sleep! Sleep! Beauty Bright by William Blake

Sleep! Sleep! beauty bright,

Dreaming often the joys of night.

Sleep! Sleep! in thy sleep

Little sorrows sit and weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face

Soft desires I can trace,

Secret joys and secret miles,

Little pretty infant wiles.

As thy softest limbs I feel,

Smiles as of the morning steal

O’er thy cheek, and o’er thy breast

Where thy little heart does rest.

O! the cunning wiles that creep

In thy little heart asleep.

When thy little heart does wake

Then the dreadful lightnings break.

From thy cheek and from the eye,

O’er the youthful harvests nigh.

Infant wiles and infant smiles

Heaven and Earth of peace beguiles.

To Sleep by John Keats

O soft embalmer of the still midnight!

Shutting, with careful fingers and benign.

Our gloom-please’d eyes, embower’d from the light.

Enshaded in forgetfulness divine,

O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close,

In midst of this time hymn, my willing eyes.

Or wait the Amen, ere the poppy throws

Around my bed its lulling charities;

Then save me, or the passed day will shine

Upon my pillow, breeding many woes;

Save me from curious conscience, that still hoards

Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;

Turn the key deftly in the oiled words,

And seal the hushed casket of my soul.

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April 21, 2010 - Posted by | poetry | , , ,

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