|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|I have heard the nightingale herself.|
King Agesilaus when asked to listen to a man imitate the nightingale. PlutarchLife of Agesilaus.
|Hark! ah, the nightingale|
Hark from that moonlit cedar what a burst!
What triumph! hark!what pain!
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How thick the bursts come crowding through the leaves!
Matthew ArnoldPhilomela. L. 32.
|For as nightingales do upon glow-worms feed,|
So poets live upon the living light.
BaileyFestus. Sc. Home.
|As it fell upon a day|
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made.
Richard BarnfieldAddress to the Nightingale.
|It is the hour when from the boughs|
The nightingales high note is heard;
It is the hour when lovers vows
Seem sweet in every whisperd word.
ByronParisina. St. 1.
| Most musical, most melancholy bird!|
A melancholy bird! Oh! idle thought!
In nature there is nothing melancholy.
ColeridgeThe Nightingale. L. 13.
| Tis the merry nightingale|
That crowds, and hurries, and precipitates
With fast thick warble his delicious notes,
As he were fearful that an April night
Would be too short for him to utter forth
His love-chant, and disburthen his full soul
Of all its music!
ColeridgeThe Nightingale. L. 43.
|Sweet bird, that singst away the early hours,|
Of winters past or coming void of care,
Well pleaséd with delights which present are,
Fair seasons, budding sprays, sweet-smelling flowers.
DrummondSonnet. To a Nightingale.
|Like a wedding-song all-melting|
Sings the nightingale, the dear one.
HeineBook of Songs. Donna Clara.
|The nightingale appeard the first,|
And as her melody she sang,
The apple into blossom burst,
To life the grass and violets sprang.
HeineBook of Songs. New Spring. No. 9.
|Where the nightingale doth sing|
Not a senseless, tranced thing,
But divine melodious truth.
KeatsOde. Bards of Passion and of Mirth.
|Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades|
Past the near meadows, over the still stream,
Up the hill-side; and now tis buried deep
In the next valley-glades:
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music:do I wake or sleep?
KeatsTo a Nightingale.
|Thou wast not born for death, immortal bird!|
No hungry generations tread thee down;
The voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown.
KeatsTo a Nightingale.
|Soft as Memnons harp at morning,|
To the inward ear devout,
Touched by light, with heavenly warning
Your transporting chords ring out.
Every leaf in every nook,
Every wave in every brook,
Chanting with a solemn voice
Minds us of our better choice.
John KebleThe Nightingale.
|To the red rising moon, and loud and deep|
The nightingale is singing from the steep.
|What bird so sings, yet does so wail?|
O, tis the ravishd nightingale
Jug, jug, jug, jugtereushe cries,
And still her woes at midnight rise.
LylyThe Songs of Birds.
|Sweet bird that shunnst the noise of folly,|
Most musical, most melancholy!
Thee, chauntress, oft, the woods among,
I woo, to hear thy even-song.
MiltonIl Penseroso. L. 61.
|O nightingale, that on yon bloomy spray|
Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still;
Thou with fresh hope the lovers heart dost fill
While the jolly hours lead on propitious May.
MiltonSonnet. To the Nightingale.
|Thy liquid notes that close the eye of day|
First heard before the shallow cuckoos bill,
Portend success in love.
MiltonSonnet. To the Nightingale.
|I said to the Nightingale:|
Hail, all hail!
Pierce with thy trill the dark,
Like a glittering music-spark,
When the earth grows pale and dumb.
D. M. MulockA Rhyme About Birds.
|Yon nightingale, whose strain so sweetly flows,|
Mourning her ravishd young or much-loved mate,
A soothing charm oer all the valleys throws
And skies, with notes well tuned to her sad state.
PetrarchTo Laura in Death. Sonnet XLIII.
|The sunrise wakes the lark to sing,|
The moonrise wakes the nightingale.
Come, darkness, moonrise, everything
That is so silent, sweet, and pale:
Come, so ye wake the nightingale.
Christina G. RossettiBird Raptures.
| Hark! thats the nightingale,|
Telling the self-same tale
Her song told when this ancient earth was young:
So echoes answered when her song was sung
In the first wooded vale.
Christina G. RossettiTwilight Calm. St. 7.
|The angel of spring, the mellow-throated nightingale.|
Sappho. Fragm. 39.
|The nightingale, if she should sing by day,|
When every goose is cackling, would be thought
No better a musician than the wren.
How many things by season seasond are
To their right praise, and true perfection!
Merchant of Venice. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 104.
|Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day:|
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That piercd the fearful hollow of thine ear;
Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree:
Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 1.
| O Nightingale,|
Cease from thy enamoured tale.
ShelleyScenes from Magico Prodigioso. Sc. 3.
|One nightingale in an interfluous wood|
Satiate the hungry dark with melody.
ShelleyWoodman and the Nightingale.
|The nightingale as soon as April bringeth|
Unto her rested sense a perfect waking,
While late bare earth, proud of new clothing, springeth,
Sings out her woes, a thorn her song-book making.
And mournfully bewailing,
Her throat in tunes expresseth
What grief her breast oppresseth.
Sir Philip SidneyO Philomela Fair.
|Where beneath the ivy shade,|
In the dew-besprinkled glade,
Many a love-lorn nightingale,
Warbles sweet her plaintive tale.
Sophoclesdipus Coloneus. Trans. by Thomas Francklin.
|Lend me your song, ye Nightingales! O, pour|
The mazy-running soul of melody
Into my varied verse.
ThomsonThe Seasons. Spring. L. 574.
|The rose looks out in the valley,|
And thither will I go,
To the rosy vale, where the nightingale
Sings his song of woe.
Gil VicenteThe Nightingale. Bowrings trans.
| Under the linden,|
On the meadow,
Where our bed arranged was,
There now you may find een
In the shadow
Broken flowers and crushed grass.
Near the woods, down in the vale,
Sweetly sang the nightingale.
Walter von der VogelweideTrans. in The Minnesinger of Germany. Under the Linden.
|Last night the nightingale woke me,|
Last night, when all was still.
It sang in the golden moonlight,
From out the woodland hill.
Christian WintherSehnsucht. Trans. used by Marzials in his song. Last Night.