First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The Sleeping Beauty


Sojourning through a southern realm in youth, I came upon a house by happy chance Where bode a marvellous Beauty. There, romance Flew faerily until I lit on truth--- For lo! the fair Child slumbered. Though, forsooth, She lay not blanketed in drowsy trance, But leapt alert of limb and keen of glance, From sun to shower; from gaiety to ruth; Yet breathed her loveliness asleep in her: For, when I kissed, her eyelids knew no stir. So back I drew tiptoe from that Princess, Because it was too soon, and not my part, To start voluptuous pulses in her heart, And kiss her to the world of Consciousness.

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