The Lark Now Leaves His Watery Nest

Sir William Davenant, 1606-1668

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The lark now leaves his watery nest 
And climbing, shakes his dewy wings;
He takes this window for the east, 
And to implore your light, he sings, 
Awake, awake, the morn will never rise,
Tis she can dress her beauty at your eyes. 

The merchant bows unto the seaman’s star,
The ploughman from the sun his season takes;
But still the lover wonders what they are,
Who look for day before his mistress wakes.
Awake, awake, break through your veils of lawn,
Then draw your curtains, and begin the dawn. 
from the anthology: Davenant (also called D’Avenant) was said to be Shakespeare’s godson, and rumors persisted that he was Shakespeare’s natural son as well. He was a busy and varied man of letters, producing comedies, tragedies, and the heroic poem Gondibert, which is still readable. He was made poet laureate and knighted by Charles I. A loyal Cavalier [i.e., a Royalist in the English Civil War], he was imprisoned in the Tower [of London] in the early 1650s, saved supposedly by Milton. Davenant returned the favor during the Restoration, when Milton was jailed.

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Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

2 thoughts on “The Lark Now Leaves His Watery Nest

  1. What an interesting history. I'm so happy to see poetry on your blog. My goal is to read much more of it. I'll be watching for more gems that you come up with!


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