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CAELIA: SONNETS: 6, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sing soft, ye pretty birds, while caelia sleeps
Last Line: And sleep for ever, for she cannot die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Sleep

SING soft, ye pretty birds, while Cælia sleeps,
And gentle gales play gently with the leaves;
Learn of the neighbour brooks, whose silent deeps
Would teach him fear, that her soft sleep bereaves.
Mine oaten reed, devoted to her praise,
(A theme that would befit the Delphian lyre)
Give way, that I in silence may admire.
Is not her sleep like that of innocents,
Sweet as herself; and is she not more fair,
Almost in death, than are the ornaments
Of fruitful trees, which newly budding are?
She is, and tell it, Truth, when she shall lie
And sleep for ever, for she cannot die.

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