The Princess: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Original Text: 
Alfred lord Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley (London: E. Moxen, 1847). PR 5571 A1 1847 Victoria College Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
1      Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
2Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
3Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
4The fire-fly wakens: waken thou with me.
5Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
6      And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.
7Now lies the earth all Danaë to the stars,
8      And all thy heart lies open unto me.
9Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
10      A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.
11      Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
12And slips into the bosom of the lake:
13So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
14Into my bosom and be lost in me.
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RPO poem Editors: 
H. M. McLuhan
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