by W.H. Auden
Lullaby Love Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
Lay your sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm; (1-2)
This is a really intimate way to begin a poem. It's almost as if we're overhearing the speaker whispering to his lover in bed.
Mortal, guilty but to me
The entirely beautiful. (9-10)
The speaker knows that his beloved isn't perfect. Instead of being a problem, his mortality and guiltiness is what makes him worth loving. It's what makes him beautiful to the speaker.