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Poem by Albert Laighton


Asleep


Half veiled by the delaying twilight, lies
Each happy child. On eyes divinely blue
Slumber has fallen gently as the dew
On sleeping flowers. Beneath the open skies,
As careless as the tinselled butterflies.
For them the long June day too quickly fled.
O kindred angels, linger near and spread
Your sheltering pinions! Ere the faint light dies,
And fades the lovely vision from the sight, Ч
The pillowed beauty and the perfect rest, Ч
Would that some Raphael might the picture limn.
Too late! the shadows deepen into night;
And thinking such as these the dear Christ blessed.
With thankful love our hearts go out to Him.



Albert Laighton


Albert Laighton's other poems:
  1. My Native River
  2. The Two Worlds
  3. Joe
  4. To J. G. W.
  5. A Passing Thought


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Wilfred Owen Asleep ("Under his helmet, up against his pack")
  • Ella Wilcox Asleep ("Come closer, she said") 1869
  • William Winter Asleep ("He knelt beside her pillow, in the dead watch of the night")

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