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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Come, Sleep

John Fletcher (1579–1625) (?)

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,

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

Through an idle fancy wrought:

O let my joys have some abiding!