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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.



LET 1 not the sluggish sleep
  Close up thy waking eye,
Until with judgment deep
  Thy daily deeds thou try:
He that one sin in conscience keeps        5
  When he to quiet goes,
More vent’rous is than he that sleeps
  With twenty mortal foes.
Note 1. “Let not the sluggish sleep,” from William Byrd’s “Psalms, Songs, and Sonnets,” 1611. The next selection, “Yet if his majesty,” from Christ Church MS., K. iii. 43–45. These three poems are borrowed from Mr Bullen’s “Lyrics from Elizabethan Song-Books”; for the last especially every reader will be grateful to him. [back]