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Poem by Gerald Griffin


Nocturne


Sleep that like the couched dove  
Broods o'er the weary eye,  
Dreams that with soft heavings move  
The heart of memory,  
Labor's guerdon, golden rest,
Wrap thee in its downy vest, 
Fall like comfort on thy brain  
And sing the hush song to thy pain!  

Far from thee be startling fears,  
And dreams the guilty dream;
No banshee scare thy drowsy ears  
With her ill-omen'd scream;  
But tones of fairy minstrelsy  
Float like the ghosts of sound o'er thee,  
Soft as the chapel's distant bell,
And lull thee to a sweet farewell.  

Ye for whom the ashy hearth  
The fearful housewife clears,  
Ye whose tiny sounds of mirth  
The nighted carman hears,  
Ye whose pygmy hammers make  
The wonderers of the cottage wake,  
Noiseless be your airy flight,  
Silent as the still moonlight.  

Silent go, and harmless come,
Fairies of the stream:  
Ye, who love the winter gloom  
Or the gay moonbeam,  
Hither bring your drowsy store  
Gather'd from the bright lusmore;
Shake o'er temples, soft and deep,  
The comfort of the poor man, sleep.



Gerald Griffin


Gerald Griffin's other poems:
  1. To a Sea-Gull
  2. Mitchelstown Caverns
  3. Shanid Castle
  4. The Isle of the Blest
  5. Come to Glengariff! Come!


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Madison Cawein Nocturne ("A disc of violet blue")
  • Arthur Guiterman Nocturne ("The three-toed tree-toad")
  • Emily Johnson Nocturne ("Night of Mid-June, in heavy vapours dying")
  • Countee Cullen Nocturne ("Tell me all things false are true")

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