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Come Sleep, O Sleep

Philip Sidney

Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace,
The baiting place of wit, the balm of woe,
The poor mans wealth, the prisoner's release,
Th'indifferent judge between the high and low;

With shield of proof shield me from out the prease
Of those fierce darts, despair at me doth throw:
Oh make in me those civil wars to cease;
I will good tribute pay if thou do so.

Take thou of me smooth pillows, sweetest bed,
A chamber deaf to noise, and blind to light:
A rosy garland, and a weary head:
And if these things, as being thine by right,

Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me,
Livelier than elsewhere Stella's image see.

Astrophil and Stella [39]

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