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Thomas Campion

The Third Booke of Ayres


XXV. Sleepe angry beauty

       1  Sleepe angry beauty, sleep, and feare not me ;
       For who a sleeping Lyon dares prouoke ?
       It shall suffice me here to sit and see
       Those lips shut vp that neuer kindely spoke.
             What sight can more content a louer's minde,
             Then beauty seeming harmlesse if not kinde ? 

       2  My words haue charm'd her, for secure shee sleepes,
       Though guilty much of wrong done to my loue ;
       And in her slumber see shee close-ey'd weepes,
       Dreames often more then waking passions moue.
             Pleade sleepe my cause, and make her soft like thee,
             That shee in peace may wake and pitty mee.



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