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First Line: Is she asleep, asleep
Last Line: Rest she adream, adream.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Immigrants; Rest; Sleep; Dead, The; Nightmares; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


Usque adeo quiddam proprium notumque requirit.

IS she asleep, asleep
Alone, in fair far land?
With murmuring lulled that deep
And shadowy waters keep
Fast by the flower-lit strand,
Is she asleep, asleep?

If she awake, awake
On bliss-embowering shore,
Be sure her heart will break
For the old sad voices' sake
That reach to her no more,
If she must wake, must wake.

Ah! guard her dream, her dream,
Though songs call blithe and clear
About the enchanted stream;
Lest reft in sooth she seem
Of all she loves to hear,
Rest she adream, adream.





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