Rest, sweet nymphs, let golden sleep Charm your star-brighter eyes, While my lute her watch doth keep With pleasing sympathies. Lullaby, lullaby, Sleep sweetly, sleep sweetly, Let nothing affright ye, In calm contentments lie. Thus, dear damsels, I do give Good night, and so am gone; With your hearts' desires long live, Still joy and never mourn. Lullaby, lullaby, Hath eas'd you and pleas'd you, And sweet slumber seized you, And now to bed I hie.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, from First Booke of Songs or Ayres, ed. by Francis Pilkington, first published 1605 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "Rest, sweet nymphs", 1922, published 1923 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Francis Pilkington.
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 76