Care‑charmer Sleep, son of the sable...
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night,
Brother to Death, in silent darkness born,
Relieve my languish and restore the light,
With dark forgetting of my cares, return;
And let the day be time enough to mourn
The shipwreck of my ill-adventur'd youth:
Let waking eyes suffice to wail their scorn,
Without the torment of the night's untruth.
Cease, dreams, th' imagery of our day-desires
To model forth the passions of the morrow;
Never let rising sun approve you liars,
To add more grief to aggravate my sorrow.
Still let me sleep, embracing clouds in vain;
And never wake to feel the day's disdain.
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Note: Imitated from Desportes, Hippolyte, 75.
Submitted by Robert Grady
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Dominick Argento (1927 - 2019), "Sleep", 1957, published 1970 [high voice and piano], from 6 Elizabethan Songs, no. 2, New York, Boosey [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Peter W. F. Lawson (b. 1951), "Sonnet", 1978 [soprano or tenor and piano], from Care Charmer Sleepe, no. 2. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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