Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862)/Rest

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O Earth, lie heavily upon her eyes;
        Seal her sweet eyes weary of watching, Earth;
        Lie close around her; leave no room for mirth
With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of sighs.
She hath no questions, she hath no replies,
        Hushed in and curtained with a blessed dearth
        Of all that irked her from the hour of birth;
With stillness that is almost Paradise.
Darkness more clear than noon-day holdeth her,
        Silence more musical that any song;
Even her very heart has ceased to stir:
Until the morning of Eternity
Her rest shall not begin nor end, but be;
        And when she wakes she will not think it long.