When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see, When I sleep and dream I best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected, for what I see when awake is not as worth seeing.
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee, But when I sleep my dreams look on you
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed. with a brilliant light that illuminates even the dark.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright, Because even your shadows make shadows bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show and how happy would I be to see this 'bright' shadow
To the clear day with thy much clearer light, during my waking hours
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so! when even to imperfect eyes your 'bright' shadow glows!
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made How can I say my eyes are blessed
By looking on thee in the living day, when looking at you during the day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade when at night wth your 'bright' shadow,
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay! my 'blind' eyes of sleep are able to perceive you!
All days are nights to see till I see thee, Till I see you days are nights,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me. and nights are days when I dream of you.