A Good Night

Original Text: 
Francis Quarles, Divine Fancies: digested into epigrammes, meditations, and observations, Book IV (London: M. F[lesher]. for John Marriott, 1632).
1Close now thine eyes and rest secure;
2Thy soul is safe enough, thy body sure;
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] Cf. Psalms cxxi.3-4. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.311; RPO 1996-2000.