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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Princess: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

              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.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

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).
First publication date: 1847
RPO poem editor: H. M. McLuhan
RP edition: 3RP 3.60.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: unrhyming

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