Invocation to Sleep (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-27)   CPDL #53414:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-27).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Invocation to Sleep
Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricists: Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Volume 1, no. 38, p. 5.

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Original text and translations

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Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
Lock me in delight awhile
Let some pleasing dreams beguile,
All my fancies, , that from thence
I may feel an influence,
All my powers of care bereaving.

Though but a shadow but a sliding,
Let me know some little joy
We that suffer long annoy
Are contented with a thought,
Through an idle fancy wrought,
Oh, let my joys have some abiding!