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Modern Interpretations Sleeping Beauty

Full-Text Fiction

The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
by Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919)

The Story of the Duchess of Cicogne and of Monsieur de Boulingrin (who slept for a hundred years in company with the Sleeping Beauty)
by Anatole France

Full-Text Poems

Sleeping Beauty
by George Augustus Baker (b. 1849)

The Sleeping Beauty
by Mathilde Blind (1841-1896)

by Henry Howard Brownell (1820–72)

How a Beauty was Waked and Her Suitor was Suited
by Guy Wetmore Carryl (1873–1904)

Rue Des Vents: 4 [Sleeping Beauty]
by Arthur Davison Ficke

The Sleeping Beauty
by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)

The Sleeping Beauty
by Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802–38)

The Sleeping Beauty
by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

A Sleeping Beauty by James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

The Sleeping Beauty
by John Banister Tabb (1845–1909)

The Day-Dream
by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Sleeping Beauty
by Sarah Helen Whitman (1803–78)



Sleeping Beauty Poetry

Sleeping Beauty
by George Augustus Baker
(b. 1849)

A Parable.

You remember the nursery-legend—
We heard in the early days,
Ere we knew of the world’s deception
Or walked in its dusty ways,
And dwelt in a land of the fairies
Where the air was golden haze—

Of the maid, o’er whom the Summers
Of youth passed, like a swell
Of melody all unbroken,
Till evil wrought its spell,
And dream-embroidered curtains
Of slumber round her fell.

The wood grew up round her castle,
The centuries o’er it rolled,
Wrapping its slumb’rous turrets
In clinging robes of mould,
And her name became a legend
By Winter fire-sides told.

Till the Prince came over the mountains,
In the morning-glow of youth;
The forest sank before him
Like wrong before the truth,
And he passed the dim old portal,
With its warders so uncouth,

Woke with a kiss the Princess,
And broke enchantment’s chain,
The sleepy old castle wondered,
In its cobweb-cumbered brain,
At the tide of life and pleasure
That poured through each stony vein.

And so love conquered an evil
Centuries old in might,
Scattering drowsy glamour,
Piercing the murky night,
Leading from thrall and darkness
Beauty, and joy, and light.

Baker, George Augustus. "Sleeping Beauty." Point-Lace and Diamonds [George A. Baker, Jr.]. New York: R. Worthington, 1882.


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