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Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet...

Language: English

Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
Lock me in delight awhile;
Let some pleasing [dreams]1 beguile
All my fancies; that from thence
[I may feel]2 an influence
All my powers of care bereaving.

Though but a shadow, but a sliding,
Let me know some little joy!
We that suffer long annoy
Are contented with a thought
Through an idle fancy wrought:
O let my joys have some abiding!

Translation(s): FRE GER SPA

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1 Gurney: "dream"
2 Warlock: "There may steal"

Submitted by Ted Perry


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sommeil", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Julia Hamann) , "Schlaf", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:28
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Ven Sueño, y con tu dulce engaño

Language: Spanish (Español) after the English

Ven Sueño, y con tu dulce engaño
enciérrame por un instante en el placer.
Deja que algunos sueños agradables acunen 
todas mis ilusiones; que desde ese momento
pueda sentir una influencia
que me prive de todas mis preocupaciones.

Aunque no seas más que una sombra, un desliz,
¡hazme sentir alguna pequeña alegría!
Los que soportamos una gran desazón
nos contentamos con un pensamiento
provocado por una vana ilusión.
¡Oh, deja que mis alegrías duren un poco!

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Translation of titles
"Sleep" = "Sueño"
"Come sleep" = "Ven Sueño"


  • Translation from English to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2018 by José Miguel Llata, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in English by John Fletcher (1579 - 1625), "Sleep", appears in The Woman Hater, first published 1607 FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rebecca Clarke, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Ivor Gurney, John Jeffreys, Humphrey Procter-Gregg, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-11-13.
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