Another Version of the Same
Published by Rossetti, "Complete Poetical Works of P. B. S.", 1870, from the Trelawny manuscript of Edward Williams's play, "The Promise: or, A Year, a Month, and a Day".
BOYS SING: Night! with all thine eyes look down! Darkness! weep thy holiest dew! Never smiled the inconstant moon On a pair so true. Haste, coy hour! and quench all light, Lest eyes see their own delight! Haste, swift hour! and thy loved flight Oft renew!
GIRLS SING: Fairies, sprites, and angels, keep her! Holy stars! permit no wrong! And return, to wake the sleeper, Dawn, ere it be long! O joy! O fear! there is not one Of us can guess what may be done In the absence of the sun:- Come along!
BOYS: Oh! linger long, thou envious eastern lamp In the damp Caves of the deep!
GIRLS: Nay, return, Vesper! urge thy lazy car! Swift unbar The gates of Sleep!
CHORUS: The golden gate of Sleep unbar, When Strength and Beauty, met together, Kindle their image, like a star In a sea of glassy weather. May the purple mist of love Round them rise, and with them move, Nourishing each tender gem Which, like flowers, will burst from them. As the fruit is to the tree May their children ever be!