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Elizabeth I, the 'Pelican' portrait

H Y M N E   VI.

TO THE NIGHTINGALE.

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UERY night from euen till morne,
oue's Quirister amidde the thorne
s now so sweet a singer ;
o sweet, as for her song I scorne
pollo's voice, and finger.

ut Nightingale, sith you delight
uer to watch the starry night ;
ell all the starres of heauen,
eauen neuer had a starre so bright,
s now to Earth is giuen.

oyall Astræa makes our day
ternall with her beames, nor may
rosse darknesse ouercome her ;
now perceiue why some doe write,
o countrey hath so short a night,
s England hath in Summer.




Source:
Davies, Sir John. The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies. Vol I.
Rev. Alexander B, Grosart, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1876. 134.




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