You lay so still in the sunshine

by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor From Songs of Sun and Shade (1911)

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You lay so still in the sunshine
English source: Marguerite Radclyffe Hall

You lay so still in the sunshine,
So still in that hot sweet hour –
That the timid things of the forest land
Came close; a butterfly lit on your hand,
Mistaking it for a flow’r.

You scarcely breath’d in your slumber,
So dreamless it was, so deep –
While the warm air stirr’d in my veins like wine,
The air that had blown thro’ a jasmine vine,
But you slept – and I let you sleep.


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was a British composer and conductor.


Marguerite Radclyffe Hall

Marguerite Antonia Radclyffe Hall (12 August 1880 - 7 October 1943) was an English poet and author. She is best known for her novel The Well of Loneliness (1928).


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