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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Come, Sleep
By John Fletcher (1579–1625) (?)
 
COME, 1 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!
 
Note 1. From The Woman Hater, 1607, act iii. sc. 1., by Beaumont and Fletcher. Mr. Bullen seems to believe that this song was written by Beaumont. [back]
 
 
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