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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
By Edward Rowland Sill (1841–1887)
BE still and sleep, my soul!
  Now gentle-footed Night
In softly shadowed stole
  Holds all the day from sight.
Why shouldst thou lie and stare        5
  Against the dark, and toss,
And live again thy care,
  Thine agony and loss?
’T was given thee to live,
  And thou hast lived it all;        10
Let that suffice, nor give
  One thought what may befall.
Thou hast no need to wake,
  Thou art no sentinel;
Love all the care will take,        15
  And Wisdom watcheth well.
Weep not, think not, but rest!
  The stars in silence roll;
On the world’s mother-breast,
  Be still and sleep, my soul!        20

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