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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
By Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)
WHEN I see the ghost of night
  Stealing through my window-pane,
Silken sleep and silver light
  Struggle for my soul in vain;
Silken sleep all balmily        5
  Breathes upon my lids oppressed,
Till I sudden start and see
  Ghostly fingers on my breast.
White and skyey visitant,
  Bringing beauty such as stings        10
All my inner soul to pant
  After undiscovered things,
Spare me this consummate pain!
  Silken weavings intercreep
Round my senses once again,        15
  I am mortal—let me sleep.

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