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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Aubade
By Madison Cawein (1865–1914)
 
From ‘Poems’

AWAKE! the dawn is on the hills!
  Behold, at her cool throat a rose,
  Blue-eyed and beautiful she goes,
Leaving her steps in daffodils.—
Awake! arise! and let me see        5
  Thine eyes, whose deeps epitomize
All dawns that were or are to be,
  O love, all Heaven in thine eyes!—
Awake, arise! come down to me!
 
Behold, the dawn is up: behold!        10
  How all the birds around her float,
  Wild rills of music, note on note,
Spilling the air with mellow gold.—
Arise! awake! and, drawing near,
  Let me but hear thee and rejoice!        15
Thou, who keep’st captive, sweet and clear,
  All song, O love, within thy voice!
Arise! awake! and let me hear!
 
See, where she comes, with limbs of day,
  The dawn! with wild-rose hands and feet,        20
  Within whose veins the sunbeams beat,
And laughters meet of wind and ray.
Arise! come down! and, heart to heart,
  Love, let me clasp in thee all these—
The sunbeam, of which thou art part,        25
  And all the rapture of the breeze!—
Arise! come down! loved that thou art!
 
 
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