John Logan

(1748-1788 / Scotland)

Ode to Sleep


In vain I court till dawning light,
The coy divinity of night;
Restless, from side to side I turn,
Arise, ye musings of the morn!

Oh, sleep! though banish'd from those eyes
In vision's fair to Delia rise;
And o'er a dearer form diffuse
Thy healing balm, thy lenient dews.

Bless'd be her night as infant's rest,
Lull'd on the fond maternal breast,
Who, sweetly-playful smiles in sleep,
Nor knows that he is born to weep.

Remove the terrors of the night,
The phantom forms of wild affright,
The shrieks from precipice or flood,
And starting scene that swims with blood.

Lead her aloft to blooming bowers,
And beds of amaranthine flowers,
And golden skies, and glittering streams,
That paint the paradise of dreams.

Venus! present a lover near,
And gently whisper in her ear
His woes, who, lonely and forlorn,
Counts the slow clock from night till morn.

Ah! let no portion of my pain,
Save just a tender trace, remain;
Asleep consenting to be kind,
And wake with Daphnis in her mind.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Ode to Sleep by John Logan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Revealed From Pretentions Concealed, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. Ego Control, Ali Faisal
  3. Coming Home, Randy McClave
  4. what is this? i don't even..., Mandolyn ...
  5. Today is but tomorrow..., David Lessard
  6. Sa hagupit ni Yolanda, nagkabuhol-buhol, Sonny San Juan, Jr.
  7. At Nights, Madrason writer
  8. Trajectorya ng masuyong hampas-lupa, Sonny San Juan, Jr.
  9. falling down a well, well, you pushed me, Mandolyn ...
  10. Indeed, george albot

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  3. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]