Christina Rossetti: Dream Land

Dream Land

Where sunless rivers weep Their waves into the deep, She sleeps a charmèd sleep:   Awake her not. Led by a single star, She came from very far To seek where shadows are   Her pleasant lot.
She left the rosy morn, She left the fields of corn, For twilight cold and lorn   And water springs. Through sleep, as through a veil, She sees the sky look pale, And hears the nightingale   That sadly sings.
Rest, rest, a perfect rest Shed over brow and breast; Her face is toward the west,   The purple land. She cannot see the grain Ripening on hill and plain; She cannot feel the rain   Upon her hand.
Rest, rest, for evermore Upon a mossy shore; Rest, rest at the heart's core   Till time shall cease: Sleep that no pain shall wake; Night that no morn shall break Till joy shall overtake   Her perfect peace.