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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
350. The Sleeping Beauty
 
Samuel Rogers (1763—1855)
 
 
SLEEP on, and dream of Heaven awhile—
Tho’ shut so close thy laughing eyes,
Thy rosy lips still wear a smile
And move, and breathe delicious sighs!
 
Ah, now soft blushes tinge her cheeks        5
And mantle o’er her neck of snow:
Ah, now she murmurs, now she speaks
What most I wish—and fear to know!
 
She starts, she trembles, and she weeps!
Her fair hands folded on her breast:        10
—And now, how like a saint she sleeps!
A seraph in the realms of rest!
 
Sleep on secure! Above controul
Thy thoughts belong to Heaven and thee:
And may the secret of thy soul        15
Remain within its sanctuary!
 

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