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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: VI. Labor and Rest
Invocation to Sleep
John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
From “Valentinian”

COME, 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!
 
 
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