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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Call to the Nightingale
By Aristophanes (c. 448–c. 388 B.C.)
 
From ‘The Birds’: Translation of John Hookham Frere

          AWAKE! awake!
    Sleep no more, my gentle mate!
    With your tiny tawny bill,
    Wake the tuneful echo shrill,
          On vale or hill;        5
    Or in her airy rocky seat,
    Let her listen and repeat
    The tender ditty that you tell,
          The sad lament,
          The dire event,        10
    To luckless Itys that befell.
          Thence the strain
          Shall rise again,
          And soar amain,
    Up to the lofty palace gate        15
Where mighty Apollo sits in state
In Jove’s abode, with his ivory lyre,
Hymning aloud to the heavenly choir,
While all the gods shall join with thee
In a celestial symphony.        20
 
 
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