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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
John Fletcher. 1579–1625
  
207. Sleep
  
COME, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving 
    Lock me in delight awhile; 
    Let some pleasing dreams beguile 
    All my fancies; that from thence 
    I may feel an influence         5
All my powers of care bereaving! 
 
Though but a shadow, but a sliding, 
    Let me know some little joy! 
    We that suffer long annoy 
    Are contented with a thought  10
    Through an idle fancy wrought: 
O let my joys have some abiding! 
 
 
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