Jay Macpherson, Poems Twice Told: The Boatman & Welcoming Disaster (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1981): 57.
1I cannot claim I rise to weep,
2But oh, the burden of my day
3Would make an angel turn away:
4I’d rather be in bed asleep.
5The hurt you gave I inward keep,
6Hard Love! remembering whose it is.
7But rest both harm and healing his,
8I’d rather be in bed asleep.
9Lord, take no care my soul to keep,
10For I don’t need it when I sleep;
11And though the host of heaven weep,
12I’d rather be in bed asleep.
The Boatman (Toronto: Oxford, 1957).
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