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By Davenant, William

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Book Id: WPLBN0000253198
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Aubade  
Author: Davenant, William
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: The lark now leaves his wat'ry nest, // And climbing shakes his dewy wings. // He takes this window for the East, // And to implore your light he sings- // Awake, awake! the morn will never rise // Till she can dress her beauty at your eyes. // The merchant bows unto the seaman's star, // The ploughman from the sun his season takes; // But still the lover wonders what they are // Who look for day before his mistress wakes. // Awake, awake! break thro' your veils of lawn! // Then draw your curtains, and begin the dawn! // William Davenant // A Song // O THOU that sleep'st like pig in straw, // Thou lady dear, arise; // Open (to keep the sun in awe) // Thy pretty pinking eyes: // And, having stretched each leg and arm, // Put on your clean white smock, // And then I pray, to keep you warm, // A petticoat or dock. // Arise, arise! Why should you sleep // When you have slept enough? // Long since, French boys cried Chimney-sweep, // And damsels Kitchen-stuff. // The shops were opened long before, // And youngest prentice goes // To lay at's master's chamber-door // His master's shining shoes. // Arise, arise! your breakfast stays, // Good water-gruel warm, // Or sugar-sops, which Galen says // With mace, will do no harm. // Arise, arise! when you are up // You'll find more to your cost...


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