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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

John Lyly (1555?–1606)

Bird Song from ‘Alexander and Campaspe’

WHAT bird so sings, yet does so wail?

Oh, ’tis the ravished nightingale;

“Jug, jug—jug, jug—teren,” she cries,

And still her woes at midnight rise.

Brave prick-song! who is’t now we hear?

None but the lark so shrill and clear;

Now at heaven’s gates she claps her wings,—

The morn not waking till she sings.

Hark, hark! with what a pretty throat

Poor Robin Redbreast tunes his note!

Hark, how the jolly cuckoos sing

“Cuckoo,” to welcome in the spring.