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First Line: Sleep-ah, ah, who dares to waken me
Last Line: In the grey twilight falling.
Subject(s): Daughters; Death; Graves; Grief; Sleep; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Sorrow; Sadness


SLEEP_____ah, ah, who dares to waken me,
Calling, calling, calling?
Long since the shadows have o'ertaken me
In the grey twilight falling;
Who wakes me now? O weeping voice forsaken,
Who art thou and why art thou weeping?
Why dost thou break my slumber, why dost waken
The dead, the sleeping?

O dear, dear voice! O daughter, lonely daughter,
Art thou above my grave and are thy tears down-falling?
My flesh is dust, my spirit air and water,—
Why art thou calling?

Lean down and tell me all thy grief:
The world is bitter? men unkind?
Mine house is fallen as the leaf?
My treasures gone upon the wind?
And thee they beat, and thee they slave,
And thy sweet spirit would they bow?
O daughter, daughter at my grave,
I cannot help thee now!

Sleep_____ah, ah, do not awaken me,
Calling, calling, calling.
Be brave—till death hath taken thee
In the grey twilight falling.





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