CLEOPATRA TO THE ASP

Song
Charles Griffes
John B. Tabb
Henmar Press Inc.
This is the last of “Seven Songs” by Charles Griffes dating from 1912-1917.

“Dost thou not see my baby at my breast,
That sucks the nurse asleep?”

Lie thou where Life hath lain,
And let thy swifter pain
His rival prove;
Till, like the fertile Nile,
Death buries, mile for mile,
This waste of Love.

Soft! Soft! A sweeter kiss
Than Antony’s is this!
O regal Shade,
Luxurious as sleep
Upon thy bosom deep
My heart is laid.

Egypt
CLEOPATRA TO THE ASP