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Lullaby by W. H. Auden Lay Your Sleeping Head, My

Lullaby by W. H. Auden Lay Your Sleeping Head, My

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Published by: Aaron Merrill on Dec 13, 2009
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Lullabyby W. H. AudenLay Your Sleeping head, my love,Human on my faithless arm: Time and fevers burn awayIndividual beauty from Thoughtful children, and the graveProves the child ephemeral:But in my arms till break of dayLet the living creature lie,Mortal, guilty, but to me The entirely beautiful.Soul and body have no bounds: To lovers as they lie uponHer tolerant enchanted slopeIn their ordinary swoon,Grave the vision Venus sendsOf supernatural sympathy,Universal love and hope;While an abstract insight wakesAmong the glaciers and the rocks The hermit's carnal ecstasy,Certainty, fidelityOn the stroke of midnight passLike vibrations of a bellAnd fashionable madmen raise Their pedantic boring cry:Every farthing of the cost.All the dreaded cards foretell.Shall be paid, but from this nightNot a whisper, not a thought.Not a kiss nor look be lost.Beauty, midnight, vision dies:Let the winds of dawn that blowSoftly round your dreaming headSuch a day of welcome showEye and knocking heart may bless,Find our mortal world enough;Noons of dryness find you fedBy the involuntary powers,

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