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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
A Lullaby (from The Triumph of Beauty, a Masque)
By James Shirley (1596–1666)
 
[1646]

CEASE, warring thoughts, and let his brain
No more discord entertain,
But be smooth and calm again.
Ye crystal rivers that are nigh,
As your streams are passing by        5
Teach your murmurs harmony.
Ye winds that wait upon the Spring
And perfumes to flowers do bring,
Let your amorous whispers here
Breathe soft music to his ear.        10
Ye warbling nightingales repair
From every wood, to charm this air,
And with the wonders of your breast
Each striving to excel the rest,
When it is time to wake him, close your parts,        15
And drop down from the tree with broken hearts.
 
 
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