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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Music, to Becalm His Fever
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
CHARM me asleep, and melt me so
  With thy delicious numbers,
That, being ravisht, hence I go
  Away in easy slumbers.
    Ease my sick head,        5
    And make my bed,
  Thou power that canst sever
    From me this ill,
    And quickly still,
    Though thou not kill,        10
      My fever.
 
Thou sweetly canst convert the same
  From a consuming fire
Into a gently licking flame,
  And make it thus expire.        15
    Then make me weep
    My pains asleep;
  And give me such reposes
    That I,—poor I,
    May think thereby        20
    I live and die
      ’Mongst roses.
 
Fall on me like the silent dew,
  Or like those maiden showers
Which, by the peep of day, do strew        25
  A baptism o’er the flowers.
    Melt, melt my pains
    With thy soft strains;
  That, having ease me given,
    With full delight        30
    I leave this light,
    And take my flight
      For Heaven.
 
 
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