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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
53. Spring’s Welcome
 
John Lyly (1553–1606)
 
 
WHAT bird so sings, yet so does wail?
O ’tis the ravish’d nightingale.
‘jug, jug, jug, jug, tereu!’ she cries!
And still her woes at midnight rise,
Brave prick-song! Who is’t now we hear?        5
None but the lark so shrill and clear;
Now at heaven’s gate she claps her wings,
The morn not waking till she sings.
Hark, hark, with what a pretty throat
Poor robin redbreast tunes his note!        10
Hark how the jolly cuckoos sing
Cuckoo! to welcome in the spring!
Cuckoo! to welcome in the spring!
 

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