by Thomas Dekker (c1572 - 1632)

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes
Language: English 
Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise:
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby,
[Rock them, rock [them]1, lullaby.]2

[Care is heavy, therefore sleep you;
You are care and care must keep you:
Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby:
Rock them, rock [them]1, lullaby.]3

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Confirmed with Henry Chettle and Thomas Dekker, Patient Grissil, London, 1632. Modernized spelling.

1Warlock: "a lulla"
2 omitted by Casella.
3 Casella replaces this stanza with the following:
 Care you know not, therefore sleep,
 while I o'er you watch do keep.
 Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry,
 and I will sing a lullaby.

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