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First Line: As soon as ever I begin to take
Last Line: Yet while I sleep so let me falsely seem.
Alternate Author Name(s): La Belle Cordiere


AS soon as ever I begin to take,
In my soft bed, the rest which I desire,
Forth from my frame does my sad soul retire,
And hastes toward thee its eager way to make.

Then in my tender heart, ere I awake,
The bliss I gain to which I most aspire,
The bliss for which to sigh I never tire,
For which I weep as though my heart would break.

O kindly sleep, O sleep to me so blest,
Happy repose, full of tranquillity,
Grant that each night I may renew my dream.

And if my sad heart, by all love possest,
Must ne'er be happy in reality,
Yet while I sleep so let me falsely seem.





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