Richard Francis Burton

(1821 - 1890 / England)

Poems of Richard Francis Burton

1. An Unpraised Picture 1/1/2004
2. Black Sheep 1/1/2004
3. Extras 1/1/2004
4. In Sleep 1/1/2004
5. Love Is Strong 1/1/2004
6. On A Ferry Boat 1/1/2004
7. The First Song 1/1/2004
8. The Forefather 1/1/2004
9. The Polar Quest 1/1/2004

In Sleep

NOT drowsihood and dreams and mere idless,
Nor yet the blessedness of strength regained,
Alone are in what men call sleep. The past,
My unsuspected soul, my parents’ voice,
The generations of my forbears, yea,
The very will of God himself are there
And potent-working: so that many a doubt
Is wiped away at daylight, many a soil
Washed cleanlier, many a puzzle riddled plain.

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