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A Child Asleep - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How he sleepeth! having drunken
Weary childhood's mandragore,
From his pretty eyes have sunken
Pleasures, to make room for more- -
Sleeping near the withered nosegay, which he pulled the day before.
Nosegays! leave them for the waking:
Throw them earthward where they grew.
Dim are such, beside the breaking
Amaranths he looks unto- -
Folded eyes see brighter colours than the open ever do.
Heaven-flowers, rayed by shadows golden
From the paths they sprang beneath,
Now perhaps divinely holden,
Swing against him in a wreath- -
We may think so from the quickening of his bloom and of his breath.
Vision unto vision calleth,
While the young child dreameth on.
Fair, O dreamer, thee befalleth
With the glory thou hast won!
Darker wert thou in the garden, yestermorn, by summer sun.
We should see the spirits ringing
Round thee,- -were the clouds away.
'Tis the child-heart draws them, singing
In the silent-seeming clay- -
Singing! - -Stars that seem the mutest, go in music all the way.
As the moths around a taper,
As the bees around a rose,
As the gnats around a vapour,- -
So the Spirits group and close
Round about a holy childhood, as if drinking its repose.
Shapes of brightness overlean thee,- -
Flash their diadems of youth
On the ringlets which half screen thee,- -
While thou smilest,... not in sooth
Thy smile... but the overfair one, dropt from some aethereal mouth.
Haply it is angels' duty,
During slumber, shade by shade:
To fine down this childish beauty
To the thing it must be made,
Ere the world shall bring it praises, or the tomb shall see it fade.
Softly, softly! make no noises!
Now he lieth dead and dumb- -
Now he hears the angels' voices
Folding silence in the room- -
Now he muses deep the meaning of the Heaven-words as they come.
Speak not! he is consecrated- -
Breathe no breath across his eyes.
Lifted up and separated,
On the hand of God he lies,
In a sweetness beyond touching- -held in cloistral sanctities.
Could ye bless him- -father- -mother?
Bless the dimple in his cheek?
Dare ye look at one another,
And the benediction speak?
Would ye not break out in weeping, and confess yourselves too weak?
He is harmless- -ye are sinful,- -
Ye are troubled- -he, at ease:
From his slumber, virtue winful
Floweth outward with increase- -
Dare not bless him! but be blessed by his peace- -and go in peace.
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Poems About Child
- 1. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- 2. A Farewell , Charles Kingsley
- 3. First Child ... Second Child , Ogden Nash
- 4. Child Development , Billy Collins
- 5. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
- 6. A Child's Prayer , Siegfried Sassoon
- 7. A Child's Grace , Robert Herrick
- 8. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
- 9. A Child's Evening Prayer , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- 10. Child Margaret , Carl Sandburg
- 11. Child , Carl Sandburg
- 12. Children , Khalil Gibran
- 13. Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward , Anne Sexton
- 14. Children's Party , Ogden Nash
- 15. Casabianca , Felicia Dorothea Hemans
- 16. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
- 17. A Poet To His Baby Son , James Weldon Johnson
- 18. A Child's Garden Of Verses , Robert Louis Stevenson
- 19. A Child Is , Helena Sinervo
- 20. We Are Seven , William Wordsworth
- 21. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
- 22. Squatter's Children , Elizabeth Bishop
- 23. A Prayer For My Son , William Butler Yeats
- 24. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
- 25. A Prayer For My Daughter , William Butler Yeats
- 26. Whole Duty Of Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
- 27. Testament , Carolyn Rodgers
- 28. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
- 29. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 30. To An Unborn Pauper Child , Thomas Hardy
- 31. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
- 32. Grace For A Child , Robert Herrick
- 33. To The Lady Crewe, Upon The Death Of Her.. , Robert Herrick
- 34. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
- 35. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
- 36. To An Orphan Child , Thomas Hardy
- 37. The Village Blacksmith , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 38. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
- 39. Two Children , Spike Milligan
- 40. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
- 41. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
- 42. Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child , William Carlos Williams
- 43. Man Child , Robert William Service
- 44. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
- 45. Child Lover , Robert William Service
- 46. My Son The Man , Sharon Olds
- 47. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
- 48. In Memory Of A Child , Vachel Lindsay
- 49. Child In Red , Rainer Maria Rilke
- 50. The Leaf Pile , Alicia Suskin Ostriker
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