Our very hopes belied our fears, Our fears our hopes belied; We thought her dying when she slept, And sleeping when she died.
Note 1. Variant: While twilights curtain gathering far Is pinned with a single diamond star. Mrs. Child says: He thus describes the closing day: Now twilight lets her curtain down, And pins it with a star. See Hood: Dream of Eugene Aram. And drew my midnight curtain with fingers bloody red. Cf. W. R. Alger, The Use of the Moon. The moon is a silver pinhead vast That holds the heavens tent-hangings fast. [back]