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SirPhilip Sidney : Astrophil and Stella (39)

Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace,
The baiting place1 of wit, the balm of woe,
The poor man’s wealth, the prisoner’s release,
Th’indifferent judge between the high and low;
	With shield of proof2 shield me from out the
		prease3
Of those fierce darts, despair at me doth throw:
Oh make in me those civil wars to cease;
I will good tribute pay if thou do so.
	Take thou of me smooth pillows, sweetest bed,
A chamber deaf to noise, and blind to light:
A rosy garland, and a weary head:
And if these things, as being thine by right,
	Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me,
	Livelier than elsewhere Stella's image see. 

SirPhilip Sidney (1554-1586)	P.1591

 
FOOTNOTES
1 resting; 2 proven strength; 3 multitiude
 

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