COME SLEEP O SLEEP – SIR PHILIP SIDNEY

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Come Sleep, O Sleep …

Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace,
The baiting-place 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 proof shield me from out the press
Of those fierce darts Despair at me doth throw!
O make in me those civil wars to cease!β€”
I will good tribute pay if thou do so.
Take thou of me smooth pillows, sweetest bed,
A chamber deaf of noise and blind of light,
A rosy garland, and a weary head;
And if these things, as being thine in right,
Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me,
Livelier than elsewhere, Stella’s image see.

Sir Philip Sidney


Note: If you are reading this sonnet out loud, “press” in Elizabethan English was pronounced “preese” to rhyme with release. Or anyway, that’s what my perfesser at collitch told me.

Sleep is the balm of wit and the baiting-place of woe. Count on it.Β 


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17 replies

  1. Love the sonnet and the photo is spectacular! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you. It’s one of my favorite sonnets. I relate to it πŸ™‚ As for the moon, I was trying to get the moon, but we have so many trees, I got that instead. I was going to delete them, but they were sort of interesting. I’m not sure I could duplicate them if I tried.

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  2. That photo is simply awesome!

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  3. Loved especially the last sentence πŸ™‚

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  4. A good choice for the prompt that couldn’t

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