Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BETWEEN SLEEP AND WAKING, by MATHILDE BLIND

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BETWEEN SLEEP AND WAKING, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Softly in a dream I heard
Last Line: Between sleep and waking.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares

SOFTLY in a dream I heard,
Ere the day was breaking,
Softly call a cuckoo bird
Between sleep and waking.

Calling through the rippling rain
And red orchard blossom;
Calling up old love again,
Buried in my bosom;

Calling till he brought you too
From some magic region;
And the whole spring followed you,
Birds on birds in legion.

Youth was in your beaming glance,
Love a rainbow round you;
Blushing trees began to dance,
Wreaths of roses crowned you.

And I called your name, and woke
To the cuckoo's calling;
And you waned in waning smoke,
As the rain was falling.

Had the cuckoo called "Adieu,"
Ere the day was breaking?
All the old wounds bled anew
Between sleep and waking.

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