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An ODE To SLEEP

I.
1 COME, gentle God of soft Repose,
2 And charm my Soul to Rest;
3 In thy Embraces let me lose
4 The Cares that rack my Breast.
II.
5 Arise, ye dear Deceits, arise,
6 And drest in Damon's Form,
7 My long-expecting, wishing Eyes
8 With his Resemblance charm.
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III.
9 Those melting Sounds still let me hear,
10 Which did his Flame impart;
11 Which blest with Love my list'ning Ear,
12 And pierc'd my yielding Heart.
IV.
13 Why rove my Thoughts on fancied Bliss
14 Which only Dreams bestow;
15 For oh whene'er the Morn appears,
16 I wake to real Woe.
V.
17 The envious Light from my sad Eyes,
18 Drives all my Bliss away;
19 With Night the lovely Phantom flies,
20 And leaves me lost in Day.
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VI.
21 Since waking then I am distrest,
22 And Pleasure's fled with him;
23 If sleeping I can still be blest,
24 Let Life be all a Dream.

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Title (in Source Edition): An ODE To SLEEP
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Poems on Several Occasions. Written by a Young Lady. London: printed for, and sold by S. Paterson, 1747, pp. 49-51. [8],88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T139692; OTA K110146.000)

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