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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets and Poetical Translations
IV. The Nightingale—as soon as April bringeth
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
To the same tune

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 THEREUS’ 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.
 
Alas, she hath no other cause of anguish
But THEREUS’ love; on her, by strong hand wroken;
Wherein she suffering, all her spirits languish,        15
Full woman-like, complains her will was broken.
    But I—who, daily craving,
    Cannot have to content me—
    Have more cause to lament me;
    Since wanting is more woe than too much having.        20
        O PHILOMELA fair! O take some gladness!
        That here is juster cause of plaintful sadness.
        Thine earth now springs! mine fadeth:
        Thy thorn without! my thorn my heart invadeth.
 
 
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