Oh sleeping joy

by Martin Shone

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Oh sleeping joy
how your breathing rests
upon the hearts of man
with risen chests

Oh singing joy
you reach and touch
‘pon the soul of life
this daily crutch

Oh blessed joy
how your smile does shine
upon the eyes of she
who births divine

Oh shining joy
you light the path
‘pon this wayward trek
of darkened wrath

Oh wondrous joy
how your peace does glow
upon all of mankind
waiting for snow

Oh happy joy
you bring the smiles
‘pon men and women
across the miles

Oh sleeping joy
how your breathing rests
upon this winding stair
life’s beating breast

Oh sleeping joy
you are the one
‘pon which there is trust
when the day is done

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