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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Philomela
By Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
          [From the collection of Miscellaneous Poems first published in the Arcadia of 1595, under the heading of Certain Sonnets of Sir Philip Sidney never before printed.]

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,        5
Her throat in tunes expresseth
What grief her breast oppresseth
  For Tereus’ force on her chaste will prevailing.
O Philomela fair, O take some gladness,
That here is juster cause of plaintful sadness:        10
Thine earth now springs, mine fadeth;
Thy thorn without, my thorn my heart invadeth.
 
 
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