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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
From Hymnes of Astraea, in Acrosticke Verse: To the Nightingale
By Sir John Davies (1570–1626)
 
E very night from even to morn,
L ove’s Chorister amid the thorn
I s now so sweet a singer;
S o sweet, as for her song I scorn
A pollo’s voice, and finger.        5
 
B ut Nightingale, sith you delight
E ver to watch the starry night;
T ell all the stars of heaven,
H eaven never had a star so bright,
A s now to Earth is given.        10
 
R oyal Astraea makes our day
E ternal with her beams, nor may
G ross darkness overcome her;
I now perceive why some do write,
N o country hath so short a night,        15
A s England hath in Summer.
 
 
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