The Sleeping Beauty
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY by WILFRED OWEN
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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|Author||Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918)|
|Title||The Sleeping Beauty|
|Copyright||The Estate of Wilfred Owen. The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen edited by Jon Stallworthy first published by Chatto Windus, 1983. Preliminaries, introductory, editorial matter, manuscripts and fragments omitted.|
|First line||Sojourning through a southern realm in youth,|
|Publication source||The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen|
|Publication editor||Stallworthy, Jon|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|