On a Sleeping Friend

Original Text: 
The Augustan Books of Modern Poetry: Hilaire Belloc (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1925?): 28. srlf_ucla:LAGE-572610 Internet Archive.
1Lady, when your lovely head
2Droops to sink among the Dead,
3And the quiet places keep
4You that so divinely sleep;
5Then the dead shall blessèd be
6With a new solemnity,
7For such Beauty, so descending,
8Pledges them that Death is ending.
9Sleep your fill--but when you wake

Notes

10] Lethe: the river of forgetfulness in the classical Hades. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1923
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011
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