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Sleeping Together

 Sleeping together.
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how tired you were.
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How warm our room.
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how the firelight spread On walls and ceiling and great white bed! We spoke in whispers as children do, And now it was I--and then it was you Slept a moment, to wake--"My dear, I'm not at all sleepy," one of us said.
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Was it a thousand years ago? I woke in your arms--you were sound asleep-- And heard the pattering sound of sheep.
Softly I slipped to the floor and crept To the curtained window, then, while you slept, I watched the sheep pass by in the snow.
O flock of thoughts with their shepherd Fear Shivering, desolate, out in the cold, That entered into my heart to fold! A thousand years.
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was it yesterday When we two children of far away, Clinging close in the darkness, lay Sleeping together?.
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How tired you were.
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by Katherine Mansfield
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