SLEEP AND DEATH

When Sleep drops down beside my love and me,
    Although she wears the countenance of a friend,
    A jealous foe we prove her in the end.
In separate barques far out on dreamland's sea,
She lures our wedded souls. Wild winds blow free,
    And drift us wide apart by tides that tend
Tow'rd unknown worlds. Not once our strange ways blend
Through the long night, while Sleep looks on in glee.

O Death! be kinder than thy sister seems,
    When at thy call we journey forth some day,
    Through that mysterious and unatlased strait,
To lands more distant than the lands of dreams;
    Close, close together let our spirits stay,
    Or else, with one swift stroke, annihilate!

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.


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