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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
William Drummond, of Hawthornden. 1585–1649
  
224. Invocation
  
    PHOEBUS, arise! 
    And paint the sable skies 
With azure, white, and red; 
Rouse Memnon's mother from her Tithon's bed, 
That she thy càreer may with roses spread;         5
The nightingales thy coming each-where sing; 
Make an eternal spring! 
Give life to this dark world which lieth dead; 
Spread forth thy golden hair 
In larger locks than thou wast wont before,  10
And emperor-like decore 
With diadem of pearl thy temples fair: 
Chase hence the ugly night 
Which serves but to make dear thy glorious light. 
This is that happy morn,  15
That day, long wishèd day 
Of all my life so dark 
(If cruel stars have not my ruin sworn 
And fates not hope betray), 
Which, only white, deserves  20
A diamond for ever should it mark: 
This is the morn should bring into this grove 
My Love, to hear and recompense my love. 
Fair King, who all preserves, 
But show thy blushing beams,  25
And thou two sweeter eyes 
Shalt see than those which by Penèus' streams 
Did once thy heart surprise: 
Nay, suns, which shine as clear 
As thou when two thou did to Rome appear.  30
Now, Flora, deck thyself in fairest guise: 
If that ye, winds, would hear 
A voice surpassing far Amphion's lyre, 
Your stormy chiding stay; 
Let zephyr only breathe  35
And with her tresses play, 
Kissing sometimes these purple ports of death. 
 
The winds all silent are; 
And Phoebus in his chair 
Ensaffroning sea and air  40
Makes vanish every star: 
Night like a drunkard reels 
Beyond the hills to shun his flaming wheels: 
The fields with flowers are deck'd in every hue, 
The clouds bespangle with bright gold their blue:  45
Here is the pleasant place— 
And everything, save Her, who all should grace. 
 
 
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