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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Song: ‘Care-charming Sleep, thou easer of all woes’

By John Fletcher (1579–1625)

CARE-CHARMING Sleep, thou easer of all woes,

Brother to Death, sweetly thyself dispose

On this afflicted prince; fall, like a cloud,

In gentle showers; give nothing that is loud

Or painful to his slumbers; easy, light,

And as a purling stream, thou son of Night,

Pass by his troubled senses; sing his pain,

Like hollow murmuring wind or silver rain;

Into this prince gently, oh, gently slide,

And kiss him into slumbers like a bride!