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On the Hill-Side

A Memory

You lay so still in the sunshine,
So still in that hot sweet hour—
That the timid things of the forest land
Came close; a butterfly lit on your hand,
Mistaking it for a flower.

You scarcely breathed in your slumber,
So dreamless it was, so deep—
While the warm air stirred in my veins like wine,
The air that had blown through a jasmine vine,
But you slept—and I let you sleep.


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on August 25, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“On the Hill-Side” was published in Poems of the Past & Present (Chapman and Hall, 1910).


Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall, born Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, was born on August 12, 1880, in Bournemouth, England.

Date Published: 1910-01-01

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