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Poem by Thomas Hood


Ah, sweet, thou little knowest how
  I wake and passionate watches keep;
And yet while I address thee now,
  Methinks thou smilest in thy sleep.
'Tis sweet enough to make me weep,
  That tender thought of love and thee,
That while the world is hush'd so deep,
  Thy soul's perhaps awake to me!

Sleep on, sleep on, sweet bride of sleep!
  With golden visions of thy dower,
While I this midnight vigil keep,
  And bless thee in thy silent bower;
To me 'tis sweeter than the power
  Of sleep, and fairy dreams unfurl'd,
That I alone, at this still hour,
  In patient love outwatch the world.

Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood's other poems:
  1. Written in Keats' УEndymionФ
  2. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Clapham Academy
  3. The Two Peacocks of Bedfont
  4. The Poet's Portion
  5. Song (The stars are with the voyager)

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Oscar Wilde Serenade ("THE western wind is blowing fair")
  • Bryan Procter Serenade ("Inesilla! I am here")
  • William Thackeray Serenade ("Now the toils of day are over")
  • Edgar Poe Serenade ("So sweet the hour, so calm the time")
  • Henry Timrod Serenade ("Hide, happy damask, from the stars")

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