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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Celia, Sleeping or Singing
By Thomas Stanley (1625–1678)
 
ROSES, in breathing forth their scent,
Or stars their borrowed ornament;
Nymphs in the watery sphere that move,
Or angels in their orbs above;
The winged chariot of the light,        5
Or the slow silent wheels of night;
The shade which from the swifter sun
Doth in a circular motion run,
Or souls that their eternal rest do keep,
Make far more noise than Celia’s breath in sleep.        10
 
But if the angel which inspires
This subtle frame with active fires,
Should mould this breath to words, and those
Into harmony dispose,
The music of this heavenly sphere        15
Would steal each soul out at the ear,
And into plants and stones infuse
A life that cherubin would choose,
And with new powers invert the laws of fate:
Kill those that live, and dead things animate.        20
 
 
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