I d e a.

by Michael Drayton


DEAR, why should you command me to my rest,
When now the night doth summon all to sleep ?
Methinks this time becometh lovers best ;
Night was ordained, together friends to keep.
How happy are all other living things,
Which through the day disjoin by several flight,
The quiet evening yet together brings,
And each returns unto his love at night !
O thou, that art so courteous else to all,
Why shouldst thou, Night, abuse me only thus,
That every creature to his kind dost call,
And yet 'tis thou dost only sever us ?
    Well could I wish it would be ever day,
    If when night comes you bid me go away.

Drayton, Michael. Idea.
Daniel's Delia and Drayton's Idea. Arundell Esdaile, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1908. 104.

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