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Sonnets and Poetical Translations
V. “Sleep, baby mine, Desire!” Nurse Beauty singeth
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
To the tune of Basciami vita mia

“SLEEP, baby mine, DESIRE!” Nurse BEAUTY singeth.
“Thy cries, O baby! set mine head on aching.”
The babe cries “Way! thy love doth keep me waking.”
“Lully, lully, my babe! HOPE cradle bringeth;
Unto my children always good rest taking.”        5
The babe cries “Way! thy love doth me keep waking.”
“Since, baby mine! from me, thy watching springeth,
Sleep then a little! pap, CONTENT is making:”
The babe cries “Nay! for that abide I waking.”

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