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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Sleep, Angry Beauty, Sleep
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
SLEEP, 1 angry beauty, sleep, and fear not me!
  For who a sleeping lion dares provoke?
It shall suffice me here to sit and see
  Those lips shut up that never kindly spoke:
What sight can more content a lover’s mind        5
Than beauty seeming harmless, if not kind?
 
My words have charmed her, for secure she sleeps,
  Though guilty much of wrong done to my love;
And in her slumber, see! she close-eyed weeps:
  Dreams often more than waking passions move.        10
Plead, Sleep, my cause, and make her soft like thee,
That she in peace may wake and pity me.
 
Note 1. From Campion’s Third Book of Airs, 1617. “Exquisite in its equally-balanced metrical flow.” (Palgrave.) [back]
 
 
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