Spotlight Poetry – To Music, to Becalm his Fever – A Poem by Robert Herrick

The image depicts a painting titled  Covid Fever Dream by the artist Caren Keyser,. The work is a vibrant abstractexpressionist dreamlike landscape painting. The artist has used a palette of red, white, yellow  and black colours that infer the nightmare of a fevered dream.The image supports the poem To Music, to Becalm his Fever written by the poet Robert Herrick.
© Caren Keyser, Covid Fever Dream, 2020

To Music, to Becalm his Fever by Robert Herrick

Charm me asleep, and melt me so
    With thy delicious numbers,

That, being ravish’d, hence I go
    Away in easy slumbers.
            Ease my sick head,
            And make my bed,

    Thou power that canst sever
            From me this ill,
            And quickly still,
            Though thou not kill
                My fever.

Thou sweetly canst convert the same
    From a consuming fire
Into a gentle licking flame,
    And make it thus expire.

            Then make me weep
            My pains asleep;
And give me such reposes
            That I, poor I,

            May think thereby
            I live and die
                ‘Mongst roses.

Fall on me like the silent dew,
    Or like those maiden showers
Which, by the peep of day, do strew
    A baptim o’er the flowers.

            Melt, melt my pains
            With thy soft strains;
That, having ease me given,
            With full delight

            I leave this light,
            And take my flight
                For Heaven.

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Music, to Becalm his Fever

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