Close thine eyes and sleep secure (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-12)  CPDL #34782:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-03-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Close thine eyes and sleep secure
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Francis Quarles

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1688

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Original text and translations

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Close thine eyes and sleep secure;
Thy soul is safe, thy body sure;
He that guards thee, he thee keeps,
Who never slumbers, never sleeps.
A quiet conscience in a quiet breast
Has only peace, has only rest:
The music and the mirth of kings
Are out of tune unless she sings;
Then close thine eyes in peace and rest secure,
No sleep so sweet as thine, no rest so sure.