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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
I. Serenity
‘Sleep is a death’
By Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682)
 
From ‘Religio Medici’, Part 2, XII.

SLEEP is a death; O make me try,
By sleeping, what it is to die!
And as gently lay my head
On my grave as now my bed.
 
Howe’er I rest, Great God, let me        5
Awake again at last with Thee;
And thus assured, behold I lie
Securely, or to wake or die.
 
 
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