Dreamless Sleep
                         (villanelle)

Thank God for the Land of the Dreamless Sleep
That knits up our raveled sleeve of care,
The timeless, peaceful, perpetual deep.

Count not ... nor be one of the countless sheep
In the waking dark as we mumble and stare.
Thank God for the Land of the Dreamless Sleep,

Nor curse a Creator you thought could keep
The Hereafter hidden and we unaware
Of the timeless, peaceful, perpetual deep.

As we sow, He shows just what we shall reap
In a nightly journey beyond compare
To the blessed Land of the Dreamless Sleep.

Alive forever? Really? Is that your creed?
A faith worse than death! No, let us share
The timeless, peaceful, perpetual deep

Where we’ll never despair again, nor weep
And be grateful in our nightly prayer
To the Lord of the Land of the Dreamless sleep,
The timeless, peaceful, perpetual deep.