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" WE watched her breathing through the night, Her breathing soft and low, As in her breast the wave of life Kept heaving to and fro. So silently we seemed to speak, So slowly moved about, As we had lent her half our powers To eke her living out. Our very... "
The Oxford and Cambridge review - Page 250
1846
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Aspects and Issues in the History of Children's Literature

Maria Nikolajeva - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 207 pages
...documenting a vigil at a deathbed, only a few still have general currency-notably, Hood's "The Death Bed" ("We thought her dying when she slept/ And sleeping when she died") and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's brilliant "Isobel's Child." The pattern of the death-watch poems is...
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The Corpse: A History

Christine Quigley - Social Science - 1996 - 358 pages
...allows his victims to doze off and to take their leave without pain. Thomas Hood (d. 1845) writes: Our very hopes belied our fears, Our fears our hopes...dying when she slept. And sleeping when she died. Death is omnipresent, as Percy Shelley (d. 1822) points out in singsong rhyme: "Death is here and death...
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Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear

Jan Bondeson - Medical - 2002 - 320 pages
...hair and frantically grappled with the unyielding walls of the narrow prison? VI I THE SIGNS OF DEATH Our very hopes belied our fears, Our fears our hopes...dying when she slept, And sleeping when she died. —Thomas Hood, The Death-bed The acceptance of putrefaction as the sole reliable sign of death, as...
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