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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Dream Land
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
WHERE sunless rivers weep
Their waves into the deep,
She sleeps a charmed sleep:
  Awake her not.
Led by a single star,        5
She came from very far
To seek where shadows are
  Her pleasant lot.
She left the rosy morn,
She left the fields of corn,        10
For twilight cold and lorn
  And water springs.
Through sleep, as through a veil,
She sees the sky look pale,
And hears the nightingale        15
  That sadly sings.
Rest, rest, a perfect rest
Shed over brow and breast;
Her face is toward the west,
  The purple land.        20
She cannot see the grain
Ripening on hill and plain,
She cannot feel the rain
  Upon her hand:
Rest, rest, for evermore        25
Upon a mossy shore;
Rest, rest, at the heart’s core
  Till time shall cease:
Sleep that no pain shall wake;
Night that no morn shall break,        30
Till joy shall overtake
  Her perfect peace.

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