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An Hymn to Sleep.

Written when the Author was sick.

1 Somnus, pow'rful Deity,
2 Mortals owe their Bliss to thee.
3 How long shall I thy Absence mourn,
4 And when be bless'd in thy Return?
5 Relentless God! why will you flee,
6 And take Delight to torture me:
7 Or do you kindly flight my Pray'r,
8 To make me for my Change prepare?
9 'Tis well this Happiness remains;
10 When you resuse to ease our Pains,
11 Your Brother Death your Place supplies,
12 And kindly seals the Wretch's Eyes.

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Title (in Source Edition): An Hymn to Sleep. Written when the Author was sick.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: sleep
Genres: hymn
References: DMI 11375

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1734, p. 70. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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