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First Line: Be still and sleep, my soul!
Last Line: Be still and sleep, my soul!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hedbrooke, Andrew
Subject(s): Sleep; Soul; Transcendentalism

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
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;
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,
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!

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