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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Dafydd ap Gwilym (fl. Fourteenth Century)

To the Lark

(T’R Ehedydd)

SENTINEL of the morning light!

Reveler of the spring!

How sweetly, nobly wild thy flight,

Thy boundless journeying:

Far from thy brethren of the woods, alone,

A hermit chorister before God’s throne!

Oh! wilt thou climb yon heavens for me,

Yon rampart’s starry height,

Thou interlude of melody

’Twixt darkness and the light,

And seek with heaven’s first dawn upon thy crest,

My lady-love, the moonbeam of the west?

No woodland caroler art thou;

Far from the archer’s eye,

Thy course is o’er the mountain’s brow,

Thy music in the sky:

Then fearless float thy path of cloud along,

Thou earthly denizen of angel song.