by Samuel Daniel (1562 - 1619)

Care‑charmer Sleep, son of the sable...
Language: English 
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night,
Brother to Death, in silent darkness born,
Relieve my [languish]1 and restore [the]2 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]3 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.
1 Argento: "anguish"
2 Argento: "thy"
3 Argento: "images of"


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Word count: 104