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“Sleep”

(An original setting of the poem by John Fletcher, 1607)



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In this wonderful poem, the author is imploring Sleep to lock him in delight awhile, in order to be released from the burdens and pain of daily life.

This gently flowing piece is predominantly wistful, but ends serenely, as if the author has at last been granted his wish of pleasing dreams.

Throughout the piece, variety is ensured by the subtle use of voicings, key changes, tempo changes, and contrasts of mood.

I am very moved by this piece and believe that it may be the very best of all my compositions.

Sleep

Words by John Fletcher, 1607

Complete text:

Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
       Lock me in delight awhile.
       Let some pleasing dream beguile
       All my fancies; that from thence
       I may feel an influence
All my powers of care bereaving!

Though but a shadow, but a sliding,
       Let me know some little joy!
       We that suffer long annoy
       Are contented with a thought
       Through an idle fancy wrought:
O let my joys have some abiding!

Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
       Lock me in delight awhile.