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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Apuleius’s Song
By Thomas Heywood (c. 1570–1641)
 
From ‘The Rape of Lucrece’

PACK, clouds, away, and welcome day;
  With night we banish sorrow:
Sweet air, blow soft; mount, lark, aloft,
  To give my love good-morrow:
Wings from the wind to please her mind,        5
  Notes from the lark I’ll borrow:
Bird, prune thy wing; nightingale, sing,
  To give my love good-morrow.
    To give my love good-morrow,
    Notes from them all I’ll borrow.        10
 
Wake from thy nest, robin-redbreast;
  Sing, birds, in every furrow;
And from each bill let music shrill
  Give my fair love good-morrow.
Blackbird and thrush in every bush—        15
  Stare, linnet, and cock-sparrow—
You pretty elves, amongst yourselves,
  Sing my fair love good-morrow.
    To give my love good-morrow,
    Sing, birds, in every furrow.        20
 
 
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