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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Laura Sleeping
By Charles Cotton (1630–1687)
 
WINDS, whisper gently whilst she sleeps,
  And fan her with your cooling wings;
While she her drops of beauty weeps,
  From pure, and yet unrivalled springs.
 
Glide over Beauty’s field, her face,        5
  To kiss her lip and cheek be bold;
But with a calm and stealing pace;
  Neither too rude, nor yet too cold.
 
Play in her beams, and crisp her hair
  With such a gale as wings soft Love,        10
And with so sweet, so rich an air,
  As breathes from the Arabian grove.
 
A breath as hushed as lover’s sigh;
  Or that unfolds the morning’s door:
Sweet as the winds that gently fly        15
  To sweep the Spring’s enamelled floor.
 
Murmur soft music to her dreams,
  That pure and unpolluted run
Like to the new-born crystal streams,
  Under the bright enamoured sun.        20
 
But when she walking shall display,
  Her light, retire within your bar;
Her breath is life, her eyes are day,
  And all mankind her creatures are.
 
 
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