The Princess: A Medley: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809 – 1892

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
  Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
  Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
  The fire-fly wakens: waken thou with me.
  Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
  And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.
  Now lies the earth all Danaë to the stars,
  And all thy heart lies open unto me.
  Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
  A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.

  Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
  And slips into the bosom of the lake:
  So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
  Into my bosom and be lost in me.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.  more…

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