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SONNET [11] XI. To Sleep.

1 COME balmy Sleep! tir'd Nature's soft resort!
2 On these sad temples all thy poppies shed;
3 And bid gay dreams from Morpheus' airy court,
4 Float in light vision round my aching head!


Float in light vision round my aching head.
Float in light vision round the poet's head.
5 Secure of all thy blessings, partial Power!
6 On his hard bed the peasant throws him down;
7 And the poor sea boy, in the rudest hour,


And the poor sea boy, in the rudest hour,
Enjoys thee more than he who wears a crown.
Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast
Seal up the ship boy's eyes, and rock his brains
In cradle of the rude impetuous surge? &c.
Shakespeare's Henry IV.
8 Enjoys thee more than he who wears a crown.
9 Clasp'd in her faithful shepherd's guardian arms,
10 Well may the village girl sweet slumbers prove;
11 And they, O gentle Sleep! still taste thy charms,
12 Who wake to labour, liberty and love.
13 But still thy opiate aid dost thou deny
14 To calm the anxious breast; to close the streaming eye.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [11] XI. To Sleep.
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Smith, Charlotte Turner, 1749-1806. Elegiac sonnets, and other poems. By Charlotte Smith. The first Worcester edition, from the sixth London edition, with additions. Printed at Worcester [Mass.]: by Isaiah Thomas, sold by him in Worcester, and by said Thomas and Andrews in Boston, 1795, p. 31. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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