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1 SOFT Sleep, profoundly pleasing power,
2 Sweet patron of the peaceful hour,
3 O listen from thy calm abode,
4 And hither wave thy magic rod;
5 Extend thy silent, soothing sway,
6 And charm the canker Care away.
7 Whether thou lov'st to glide along,
8 Attended by an airy throng
9 Of gentle dreams and smiles of joy,
10 Such as adorn the wanton boy;
11 Or to the monarch's fancy bring
12 Delights that better suit a king;
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13 The glittering host, the groaning plain,
14 The clang of arms, and victor's train:
15 Or should a milder vision please,
16 Present the happy scenes of Peace;
17 Plump Autumn blushing all around,
18 Rich Industry with Toil embrown'd;
19 Content with brow serenely gay,
20 And genial Art's refulgent ray.


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Title (in Source Edition): ODE TO SLEEP.
Themes: sleep
Genres: ode
References: DMI 32655

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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 138-139. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.791].)

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