Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ASLEEP, by RACHEL ANNAND TAYLOR

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First Line: The waxen taper faintly gleamed
Last Line: His quiet vigil kept.
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Marriage; Sleep; Nightmares; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

THE waxen taper faintly gleamed,
And waxen-white she lay
Upon her silken bed, and dreamed,—
Dreamed of her wedding-day.

Her hand upon a scroll was cast,
Where it was writ in red:
"Each lover-errant holds at last
His lady's golden head."

But, bowed as one that sorroweth,
The sombre Nympholept,
The Lover of the Virgins,—Death
His quiet vigil kept.

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