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First Line: Oh, would I were the golden light
Last Line: A watchful star above.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Currer
Subject(s): Wishes

Oh, would I were the golden light
That shines around thee now,
As slumber shades the spotless white
Of that unclouded brow!
It watches through each changeful dream
Thy features' varied play;
It meets thy waking eyes' soft gleam
By dawn -- by op'ning day.

Oh, would I were the crimson veil
Above thy couch of snow,
To dye thy cheek so soft, so pale,
With my reflected glow!
Oh, would I were the cord of gold
Whose tassel set with pearls
Just meets the silken cov'ring fold
And rests upon thy curls.

Dishevell'd in thy rosy sleep,
And shading soft thy dreams;
Across their bright and raven sweep
The golden tassel gleams!
I would be anything for thee,
My love -- my radiant love --
A flower, a bird, for sympathy,
A watchful star above.

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