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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Selected Poems (1900)
IV. Sleep
By Annie Matheson (1853–1924)
 
“And all the air a solemn stillness holds.”

SOFT silence of the summer night
  Alive with wistful murmurings,
Enfold me in thy quiet might:
  Shake o’er my head thy slumb’rous wings,
      So cool and light:        5
  Let me forget all earthly things
      In sleep to-night!
 
Tired roses, passionately sweet,
  Are leaning on their cool green leaves,
The mignonette about my feet        10
  A maze of tangled fragrance weaves,
      Where dewdrops meet:
  Kind sleep the weary world bereaves
      Of noise and heat.
 
White lilies, pure as falling snow,        15
  And redolent of tenderness,
Are gently swaying to and fro,
  Lulled by the breath of evening less
      Than by the low
  Music of sleepy winds, that bless        20
      The buds that grow.
 
The air is like a mother’s hand
  Laid softly on a throbbing brow,
And o’er the darksome, dewy land
  The peace of heaven is stealing now,        25
      While, hand in hand,
  Young angels tell the flowers how
      Their lives are planned.
 
From yon deep sky the quiet stars
  Look down with steadfast eloquence,        30
And God the prison-door unbars
  That held the mute world’s inmost sense
      From all the wars
  Of day’s loud hurry and turbulence;
And nothing now the silence mars        35
      Of love intense.
 
 
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