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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Love’s Somnambulist

By Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)

LIKE some wild sleeper who alone, at night

Walks with unseeing eyes along a height,

With death below and only stars above,

I, in broad daylight, walk as if in sleep

Along the edges of life’s perilous steep,

The lost somnambulist of love.

I, in broad day, go walking in a dream,

Led on in safety by the starry gleam

Of thy blue eyes that hold my heart in thrall;

Let no one wake me rudely, lest one day,

Startled to find how far I’ve gone astray,

I dash my life out in my fall.