Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MY FOOLISH DEEDS, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

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MY FOOLISH DEEDS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I, before the altars of repose
Last Line: Denied me slumber all the livelong night.
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness

WHEN I, before the altars of repose,
Invited Slumber, she refused to stay,
But with a broken heart she turned away,
Astonished quite. Among the flaunting shows
That circled round, she perished like a rose
Cast among flames. Oh, bring her back -- I pray!
Then sternly to my heart a voice said, "Nay,
Thou canst not have her -- tearfully she goes."
God might not join us, -- for gorgeous, bright,
Adorned, conspicuous, sure, without disguise,
Strangely illumined with derisive light
They danced -- they danced! Oh, then I was made wise!
My foolish deeds, flaming before my eyes,
Denied me slumber all the livelong night.

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