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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
To Sleep
By Maybury Fleming (b. 1853)
 
[Born in Boston, Mass., 1853. Uncollected Poems. 1884–88.]

SWEET wooded way in life, forgetful Sleep!
  Dim, drowsy realm where restful shadows fall,
  And where the world’s glare enters not at all
Or in soft glimmer making rest more deep;
Where sound comes not, or else like brooks that keep        5
  The world’s noise out, as by a slumberous wall
  Of gentlest murmur; where still whispers call
To smileless gladness those that waking weep;
Beneath the dense veil of thy stirless leaves,
  Where no air is except the calm of space,        10
    Vexed souls of men have grateful widowhood
Of tedious sense; there thoughts are bound in sheaves
  By viewless hands as silent as the place;
    And man, unsinning, finds all nature good.
 
 
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