Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Fancy: III. Mythical: Mystical: Legendary
The Cave of Sleep
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
From “The Faërie Queene,” Book I. Canto I.

  HE, making speedy way through spersèd ayre,
  And through the world of waters wide and deepe,
  To Morpheus house doth hastily repaire,
  Amid the bowels of the earth full steepe,
  And low, where dawning day doth never peepe,        5
  His dwelling is; there Tethys his wet bed
  Doth ever wash, and Cynthia still doth steepe
  In silver deaw his ever-drouping hed,
Whiles sad Night over him her mantle black doth spred.
*        *        *        *        *
  And, more to lulle him in his slumber soft,        10
  A trickling streame from high rock tumbling downe,
  And ever-drizling raine upon the loft,
  Mixt with a murmuring winde, much like the sowne
  Of swarming bees, did cast him in a swowne.
  No other noyse, nor peoples troublous cryes,        15
  As still are wont t’ annoy the wallèd towne,
  Might there be heard; but carelesse Quiet lyes
Wrapt in eternall silence, farre from enimyes.

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