Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET, by THEOPHILE DE VIAU

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First Line: Last night I dreamt that philis left her shroud
Last Line: "so now boast that you've made love to my soul."
Alternate Author Name(s): De Viau, Theophile
Subject(s): Dreams; Love; Nightmares

Last night I dreamt that Philis left her shroud
as beautiful as when in light she moved.
Even her ghost was waiting to be loved
and I, like Ixion, embraced a cloud.

Her naked shadow slipped into my bed:
"My Damon, I've come back to you alone
and all my beauty has in beauty grown
in that sad place where fate exiles the dead.

"I've come to kiss the handsomest of men!
I've come once more within your arms to die!"
I sacrificed, she played the idol's role,
then said "Goodbye! I go to Death again!

You boasted when you'd made love to my body
so now boast that you've made love to my soul."

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