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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Sleep
By Julia C. R. Dorr (1825–1913)
 
[From Poems. 1892.]

WHO calls thee “gentle Sleep”?—O rare coquette,
  Who comest crowned with poppies, thou should’st wear
  Nettles instead, or thistles, in thy hair;
For thou’rt the veriest elf that ever yet
Made weary mortals sigh and toss and fret!        5
  Thou dost float softly through the drowsy air
  Hovering as if to kiss my lips and share
My restless pillow; but ere I can set
  My arms to clasp thee, without sign or speech,
  Save one swift, mocking smile, thou’rt out of reach.        10
Yet, some time, thou, or one as like to thee
  As sister is to sister, shalt draw near
  With such soft lullabies for my dull ear,
That neither life nor love shall waken me!
 
 
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