by Walter Scott, Sir (1771 - 1832)

Love wakes and weeps
Language: English 
Love wakes and weeps 
While Beauty sleeps ; 
Oh! for music's softest numbers 
To prompt a theme 
For Beauty's dream, 
Soft as the [pillow]1 of her slumbers! 

Through groves of [palm]2 
Sigh gales of balm ; 
Fire-flies on the air are wheeling ; 
While through the gloom 
Comes soft perfume, 
The distant beds of [flowers]3 revealing. 

Oh! wake and live! 
No dreams can give 
A shadowed bliss the real excelling ; 
No longer sleep 
From lattice peep, 
And list the tale that love is telling!

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1 Strickland: "perfume"
2 Strickland: "palms"
3 Strickland: "ferns"


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:05
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