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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
To Sleep
By Giovanni della Casa (1503–1556)
 
Translated by John Addington Symonds

O SLEEP, O tranquil son of noiseless Night,
  Of humid, shadowy Night; O dear repose
  For wearied men, forgetfulness of woes
  Grievous enough the bloom of life to blight!
Succour this heart that hath outworn delight,        5
  And knows no rest; these tired limbs compose;
  Fly to me, sleep; thy dusky vans disclose
  Over my languid eyes, then cease thy flight.
Where, where is Silence, that avoids the day?
  Where the light dreams, that with a wavering tread        10
  And unsubstantial footing follow thee?
Alas! in vain I call thee; and these grey,
  These frigid shades flatter in vain. O bed,
  How rough with thorns! O nights, how harsh to me!
 
 
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