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(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926 / Prague / Czech Republic)

Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

121. World Was In The Face Of The Beloved 1/13/2003
122. You Who Never Arrived 1/3/2003
123. You, Darkness 12/27/2003
124. You, you only, exist 1/3/2003

Slumber Song

Some day, if I should ever lose you,
will you be able then to go to sleep
without me softly whispering above you
like night air stirring in the linden tree?

Without my waking here and watching
and saying words as tender as eyelids
that come to rest weightlessly upon your breast,
upon your sleeping limbs, upon your lips?

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