Text by Christina Rossetti
Once in a dream (for once I dreamed of you)
We stood together in an open ﬁeld;
Above our heads two swift-winged pigeons wheeled,
Sporting at ease and courting full in view.
When loftier still a broadening darkness ﬂew,
Down-swooping, and a ravenous hawk revealed;
Too weak to ﬁght, too fond to ﬂy, they yield;
So farewell life and love and pleasures new.
Then as their plumes fell ﬂuttering to the ground,
Their snow-white plumage ﬂecked with crimson drops,
I wept, and thought I turned towards you to weep:
But you were gone; while rustling hedgerow tops
Bent in a wind which bore to me a sound
Of far-off piteous bleat of lambs and sheep.
released August 9, 2008
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