1794
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ode to Sleep.

Universal Magazine 95 (August 1794) 119.

Anonymous


A brief allegorical ode in the manner of Milton's Il Penseroso, not signed. While much of its materials were reprinted, the poetry column of the Universal Magazine of this era was one of the more prominent among the magazines.



Soft Sleep! profoundly-pleasing power,
Sweet patron of the peaceful hour,
O listen from thy calm abode,
And hither wave thy magic rod.
Extend thy silent, soothing sway,
And charm the canker care away;
Whether thou lov'st to glide along,
Attended by an airy throng
Of gentle dreams and smiles of joy,
Such as adorn the wanton boy,
Or pleasures to the fancy bring,
That suit the hero and the king;
The glittering host, the groaning plain,
The clang of arms and victor's train;
Or, if a milder vision please,
Present the happy scenes of peace;
Plump Autumn blushing all around,
Rich Industry with (toil embrown'd)
Content, with brow serenely gay,
And genial Art's refulgent ray.

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