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TO SLEEP

          A FLOCK of sheep that leisurely pass by,
          One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
          Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
          Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky;
          I have thought of all by turns, and yet do lie
          Sleepless! and soon the small birds' melodies
          Must hear, first uttered from my orchard trees;
          And the first cuckoo's melancholy cry.
          Even thus last night, and two nights more, I lay,
          And could not win thee, Sleep! by any stealth:              10
          So do not let me wear to-night away:
          Without Thee what is all the morning's wealth?
          Come, blessed barrier between day and day,
          Dear mother of fresh thoughts and joyous health!
                                                              1806.


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