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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XI. O Come Quickly
‘O Death, rocke me on sleep’
By George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford (?) (1504?–1536)
 
O DEATH, rocke me on sleep,
  Bring me on quiet rest,
Let pass my very guiltless ghost
  Out of my careful breast!
Toll on the Passing Bell!        5
Ring out the doleful knell!
Let the sound my death tell:
  For I must die!
  There is no remedy,
  For now I die!…        10
 
Farewell, my pleasures past!
  Welcome, my present pain!
I feel my torments so increase,
  That life cannot remain!
Cease now the Passing Bell!        15
Rung is my doleful knell!
For the sound my death doth tell!
  Death doth draw nigh!
  Sound my end dolefully!
  For now I die.        20
 
 
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