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Francis Quarles (1592-1644)

A Good Night

              1Close now thine eyes and rest secure;
              2Thy soul is safe enough, thy body sure;
              3    He that loves thee, He that keeps
              4And guards thee, never slumbers, never sleeps.
              5The smiling conscience in a sleeping breast
              6    Has only peace, has only rest;
              7    The music and the mirth of kings
              8Are all but very discords, when she sings;
              9    Then close thine eyes and rest secure;
            10No sleep so sweet as thine, no rest so sure.


3-4] Cf. Psalms cxxi.3-4.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Francis Quarles, Divine Fancies: digested into epigrammes, meditations, and observations, Book IV (London: M. F[lesher]. for John Marriott, 1632).
First publication date: 1632
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.311; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30

Form: couplets

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