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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Robert Herrick. 1591–1674
  
263. To Music, to becalm his Fever
  
CHARM me asleep, and melt me so 
  With thy delicious numbers, 
That, being ravish'd, hence I go 
  Away in easy slumbers. 
      Ease my sick head,         5
      And make my bed, 
  Thou power that canst sever 
      From me this ill, 
      And quickly still, 
      Though thou not kill  10
        My fever. 
 
Thou sweetly canst convert the same 
  From a consuming fire 
Into a gentle licking flame, 
  And make it thus expire.  15
      Then make me weep 
      My pains asleep; 
And give me such reposes 
      That I, poor I, 
      May think thereby  20
      I live and die 
        'Mongst roses. 
 
Fall on me like the silent dew, 
  Or like those maiden showers 
Which, by the peep of day, do strew  25
  A baptim o'er the flowers. 
      Melt, melt my pains 
      With thy soft strains; 
That, having ease me given, 
      With full delight  30
      I leave this light, 
      And take my flight 
        For Heaven. 
 
 
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