Come when I Sleep (Poem by Victor Hugo)

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Come when I Sleep
By Victor Hugo


Oh! when I sleep, come near my resting-place,
    As Laura came to bless her poet's heart,
And let thy breath in passing touch my face — 
    At once a space
        My lips will part.

And on my brow where too long weighed supreme
    A vision — haply spent now — black as night,
Let thy look as a star arise and beam — 
    At once my dream
        Will seem of light.

Then press my lips, where plays a flame of bliss — 
    A pure and holy love-light — and forsake
The angel for the woman in a kiss — 
    At once, I wis,
        My soul will wake!

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