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First Line: Breathe a song for love's delight
Last Line: In a dusk of butterflies!
Subject(s): Sleep; Love


Breathe a song for love's delight
'Twixt the sleeping and the waking!
Starbeams on her pillow white,
Halo her in yellow light!
Is her bosom tranquil quite?
Oh, so still, her heart seems breaking!
'Twixt the sleeping and the waking,
Breathe a song for love's delight!

Smile for love a little while,
Now her dreams are rosy round her
And her couch a fragrant isle
Floating in a sea of smile!
Waking, what may reconcile
For the Edens slumber found her?
Now her dreams are rosy round her,
Smile for love a little while!

'Tis a dusk of butterflies.
All the twilight stirs with sleeping.
Through her casement, drowsy-wise
Peers the moon of Paradise.
Blossom mouth and violet eyes,
What to you a gray world's weeping?
Draw the curtains! Leave her sleeping
In a dusk of butterflies!





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