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First Line: I too have slept in lynmouth
Last Line: For just one waking there!
Subject(s): Lynmouth, England; Sleep


"God let you sleep in Lynmouth once
Before your dreams are done!"
-- NANCY BYRD TURNER

I too have slept in Lynmouth,
Sweet village by the sea,
And there brave dreams of England
Came in the night to me.

I saw the men of Devon
In far-off spacious days
Faring abroad for England
On strange uncharted ways.

Beneath the thatch at dawning
I looked on hill and sea
Where in the morning mist they lay
In deep tranquillity.

No sound save running water,
No wind from tree-crowned height...
It was a dreamful vision
Born of the quiet night.

But fairer vision followed,
The sun in splendor rose! ...
Oh who can sense that glory
Save one who Lynmouth knows?

The sun on Lynmouth shining,
The ocean at its feet,
Close-guarded by encircling hills
Where sky and verdure meet:

To sleep and dream in Lynmouth
And rise to scene so fair...
I'd journey half around the world
For just one waking there!





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