ODE TO SLEEP.
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;[Page 139]
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.
Author: Tobias Smollett
References: DMI 32655
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