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By Thomas Hood (1799–1845) with comment by John Birtwhistle

We watch'd her breathing thro’ the night,

Her breathing soft and low,

As in her breast the wave of life

Kept heaving to and fro !

So silently we seem'd to speak––

So slowly moved about !

As we had lent her half our powers

To eke her living out !

Our very hopes belied our fears

Our fears our hopes belied––

We thought her dying when she slept,

And sleeping …

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