by Walter De la Mare (1873 - 1956)

Mistletoe
Language: English 
Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on,
Shadows lurking everywhere:
Some one came, and kissed me there.

Tired I was; my head would go
Nodding under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe);
No footsteps came, no voice, but only,
Just as I sat there, sleepy, lonely,
Stooped in the still and shadowy air
Lips unseen - and kissed me there.

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Mistelzweig", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

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