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A Child Asleep - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How he sleepeth! having drunken
Weary childhood's mandragore,
From his pretty eyes have sunken
Pleasures, to make room for more- -
Sleeping near the withered nosegay, which he pulled the day before.

Nosegays! leave them for the waking:
Throw them earthward where they grew.
Dim are such, beside the breaking
Amaranths he looks unto- -
Folded eyes see brighter colours than the open ever do.

Heaven-flowers, rayed by shadows golden
From the paths they sprang beneath,
Now perhaps divinely holden,
Swing against him in a wreath- -
We may think so from the quickening of his bloom and of his breath.

Vision unto vision calleth,
While the young child dreameth on.
Fair, O dreamer, thee befalleth
With the glory thou hast won!
Darker wert thou in the garden, yestermorn, by summer sun.

We should see the spirits ringing
Round thee,- -were the clouds away.
'Tis the child-heart draws them, singing
In the silent-seeming clay- -
Singing! - -Stars that seem the mutest, go in music all the way.

As the moths around a taper,
As the bees around a rose,
As the gnats around a vapour,- -
So the Spirits group and close
Round about a holy childhood, as if drinking its repose.

Shapes of brightness overlean thee,- -
Flash their diadems of youth
On the ringlets which half screen thee,- -
While thou smilest,... not in sooth
Thy smile... but the overfair one, dropt from some aethereal mouth.

Haply it is angels' duty,
During slumber, shade by shade:
To fine down this childish beauty
To the thing it must be made,
Ere the world shall bring it praises, or the tomb shall see it fade.

Softly, softly! make no noises!
Now he lieth dead and dumb- -
Now he hears the angels' voices
Folding silence in the room- -
Now he muses deep the meaning of the Heaven-words as they come.

Speak not! he is consecrated- -
Breathe no breath across his eyes.
Lifted up and separated,
On the hand of God he lies,
In a sweetness beyond touching- -held in cloistral sanctities.

Could ye bless him- -father- -mother?
Bless the dimple in his cheek?
Dare ye look at one another,
And the benediction speak?
Would ye not break out in weeping, and confess yourselves too weak?

He is harmless- -ye are sinful,- -
Ye are troubled- -he, at ease:
From his slumber, virtue winful
Floweth outward with increase- -
Dare not bless him! but be blessed by his peace- -and go in peace.

Comments about A Child Asleep by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/2/2014 7:00:00 AM)

    Nice poem I like it very much (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 30,477 Points * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 9:23:00 PM) amazing write....kind of hypnotizing... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 54,880 Points Gajanan Mishra (5/19/2013 11:53:00 PM)

    Be blessed by his peace - and go in peace. good write. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Child

  1. 1. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  2. 2. A Farewell , Charles Kingsley
  3. 3. First Child ... Second Child , Ogden Nash
  4. 4. Child Development , Billy Collins
  5. 5. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
  6. 6. A Child's Prayer , Siegfried Sassoon
  7. 7. A Child's Grace , Robert Herrick
  8. 8. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. A Child's Evening Prayer , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. 10. Child Margaret , Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Child , Carl Sandburg
  12. 12. Children , Kahlil Gibran
  13. 13. Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward , Anne Sexton
  14. 14. Children's Party , Ogden Nash
  15. 15. Casabianca , Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  16. 16. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  17. 17. A Poet To His Baby Son , James Weldon Johnson
  18. 18. A Child's Garden Of Verses , Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. 19. A Child Is , Helena Sinervo
  20. 20. We Are Seven , William Wordsworth
  21. 21. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  22. 22. Squatter's Children , Elizabeth Bishop
  23. 23. A Prayer For My Son , William Butler Yeats
  24. 24. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  25. 25. A Prayer For My Daughter , William Butler Yeats
  26. 26. Whole Duty Of Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. 27. Testament , Carolyn Rodgers
  28. 28. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  29. 29. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  30. 30. To An Unborn Pauper Child , Thomas Hardy
  31. 31. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  32. 32. Grace For A Child , Robert Herrick
  33. 33. To The Lady Crewe, Upon The Death Of Her.. , Robert Herrick
  34. 34. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
  35. 35. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca
  36. 36. To An Orphan Child , Thomas Hardy
  37. 37. The Village Blacksmith , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  38. 38. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  39. 39. Two Children , Spike Milligan
  40. 40. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  41. 41. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  42. 42. Sympathetic Portrait Of A Child , William Carlos Williams
  43. 43. Man Child , Robert William Service
  44. 44. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  45. 45. Child Lover , Robert William Service
  46. 46. My Son The Man , Sharon Olds
  47. 47. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  48. 48. In Memory Of A Child , Vachel Lindsay
  49. 49. Child In Red , Rainer Maria Rilke
  50. 50. The Leaf Pile , Alicia Suskin Ostriker
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