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Rest sweet nimphs

Language: English

Rest sweet Nimphs let goulden sleepe,
Charme your star brighter eies,
Whiles my Lute the watch doth keep
With pleasing simpathies,
Lulla lullaby, Lulla lullaby,
Sleepe sweetly, sleepe sweetly, 
let nothing affright ye,
In calme contentments lie.

Dreame faire virgins of delight
And blest Elizian groves:
Whiles the wandring shades of night
Resemble your true loves:
Lulla lullaby, Lulla lullaby,
Your kisses, your blisses 
send them by your wishes,
Although they be not nigh.

Thus deare damzelle I do give
Good night and so am gone:
With your hartes desires long live,
Still joy, and never mone.
Lulla lullaby, Lulla lullaby,
Hath pleased you and easd you,
& sweet slumber sezd you,
And now to bed I hie.

Submitted by Linda Godry


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

Set in a modified version by Peter Warlock.

Text added to the website: 2008-11-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:00
Line count: 24
Word count: 118

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