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Short poem

Thomas Bateson (ca. 1570-1630)

Sister, Awake! Close not Your Eyes

              1  Sister, awake! close not your eyes,
              2    The day her light discloses;
              3And the bright morning doth arise
              4    Out of her bed of roses.

              5  See the clear sun, the world's bright eye,
              6    In at our window peeping;
              7Lo, how he blusheth to espy
              8    Us idle wenches sleeping!

              9  Therefore awake, make haste I say,
            10    And let us without staying
            11All in our gowns of green so gay
            12    Into the park a maying.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Thomas Bateson, Cantus. The first set of English madrigales (London: T. Este, 1604). Short-title Catalog 1586.
First publication date: 1604
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.238; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/6

Rhyme: abab

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