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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XXIV. When leaden-hearted sleep had shut mine eyes
Richard Linche (fl. 1596–1601)
WHEN leaden-hearted sleep had shut mine eyes,
  and close o’erdrawn their windowlets of light;
Whose wateriness the fire of grief so dries,
  that weep they could no longer, sleep they might!
Methought, I sank down to a pool of grief,        5
  and then, methought, such sinking much did please me:
But when I, down was plunged past all relief;
  with flood-filled mouth, I called that some would ease me!
Whereat, methought, I saw my dearest Love,
  fearing my drowning, reach her hand to mine;        10
Who pulled so hard to get me up above,
  that with the pull, sleep did forsake mine eyen.
But when awaked, I saw ’twas but a dream;
I wished to have slept, and perished in that stream.

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