Sexton! My Master’s sleeping here.
Pray lead me to his bed!
I came to build the Bird’s nest,
And sow the Early seed —

That when the snow creeps slowly
From off his chamber door —
Daisies point the way there —
And the Troubadour.

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  1. ea says:

    she’s calling on the sexton (the keeper of the church and graveyard) to show her to (possibly) her father’s grave (bed) so she can tend it, planting seeds and decorating it — the bird’s nest is probably a funeral wreath. I agree that she may even be talking about Christ and resurrection.

  2. Stephen says:

    Sexton! My Master’s sleeping here.
    [sexton: a church custodian and often grave digger]
    Pray lead me to his bed!
    [someone deceased, at least]
    I came to build the Bird’s nest,
    [speaks of time passing, and seasons]
    And sow the Early seed —
    [… such as Spring]

    That when the snow creeps slowly
    From off his chamber door —
    [from off the crypt or grave …]
    Daisies point the way there —
    And the Troubadour.
    [Heralds the trumpet of Resurrection Day]
    [When the maiden will be wed to her Master]

  3. anana says:

    Annie, I’m sorry but I can’t help you out since I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HECK IT MEANS EITHER!!!

  4. Madee says:

    I LIKE THIS POEM ALOT IT HAS ALOT TO MAKE YOU THINK. IT MAKES YOU THINK OF THE POSSIBLITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS SHE HAD. MAKES YOU WONDER WHY WAS SHE BY HERSELF. ARE THESE FANTASIES OR ARE THEY REALITY?

  5. Annie says:

    what was a sexton? i think it had to do something with a church so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. can anyone help me out?

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