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"
- by Samuel Daniel (1562 - 1619), "Delia XLV", appears in Delia. Contayning certayne sonnets: with the complaint of Rosamond, first published 1592 [author's text checked 1 time 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 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]
Researcher for this text: Robert Grady
This text was added to the website: 2004-06-26
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