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        Samuel Daniel (1562-1619)

                          from Delia.

                        Sonnet XLV.

        Care-charmer sleep, son of the Sable night,
    Brother to death, in silent darkness born:
    Relieve my languish, and restore the light,
    With dark forgetting of my cares return.
        And let the day be time enough to mourn,
    The shipwreck of my ill-adventured youth:
    Let waking eyes suffice to wail their scorn,
    Without the torment of the night's untruth.
        Cease dreams, th'imagery of our day desires,
    To model forth the passions of the morrow:
    Never let rising Sun approve you liars,
    To add more grief to aggravate my sorrow.
            Still let me sleep, embracing clouds in vain;
            And never wake, to feel the day's disdain.


The above poem is one of the fifty sonnets that, along with a dedication and an ode, make up Delia. The work was dedicated "To the right honourable the Ladie Mary, Countesse of Pembroke" and was printed in 1592 by I.C. for Simon Waterson in London. A copy of this text can be found in:
  • Daniel, Samuel. Poems and A Defence of Ryme. Arthur Colby Sprague, ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1965.

    The text has been modernized in spelling only, with the original punctuation and indentation being maintained. The new spellings are the same as in:

  • Ferguson, Margaret, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy, eds. The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Fourth Edition). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996.