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(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

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Hark! Hark! The Lark

Hark! hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings,
And Phoebus 'gins arise,
His steeds to water at those springs
On chalic'd flowers that lies;
And winking Mary-buds begin
To ope their golden eyes;
With everything that pretty is,
My lady sweet, arise:
Arise, arise!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • * Sunprincess * (10/6/2012 10:17:00 PM)

    A beautiful morning scene..it is going to be a great day definitely.. :)

    23 person liked.
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  • Carlos Echeverria (2/8/2012 10:25:00 AM)

    Duke Ellington admired Shakespeare, saying about: he must've spent a lot of time on the street corner.

  • isha Gautam (2/8/2012 8:30:00 AM)

    speachless......just speachless.....hats off to shakespeare

  • Sagar Shelar (2/8/2012 5:58:00 AM)

    No words to say about Shakespeare.

  • Manonton Dalan (2/8/2012 4:24:00 AM)

    genius tend to over analyzed things
    but for a simple man with simple mind
    this could be just early morning when
    sun is barely rising; horses drinks on
    spring; wake-up my lady-rise and shine.

  • Kevin Straw (2/8/2010 6:59:00 AM)

    This seems awkward for Shakespeare: 'His steeds to water at those springs/On chaliced flowers that lies...'

    I google the following which sets the lyric in the play:

    In Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Cloten uses lewd language to talk about Cymbeline. In an attempt to use musicians to court her, he calls on them to play 'a wonderful sweet air'. The hark, hark! ... line is chosen to represent sweetness and refinement, as a counterpoint to the previous crudities.

  • Joseph Poewhit (2/8/2010 6:07:00 AM)

    Seems like a flowery love poem of the era. BUT, he was the playwright and still is today. A psychoanalysis before the word was in vogue

  • Terence George Craddock (2/8/2010 2:38:00 AM)

    An interesting analogy, Phoebus the god Apollo and a personification of the sun, arises and waters his spirited horses using chaliced flowers like a communion cup. With the light Phoebus bestows, beauty dawns anew in preparation for the harkened awakening of his love. A beautiful romantic theme.
    I am not sure the phrase 'the king of romantic poetry' adequately fits or that this was Shakespeare's goal. Shakespeare in his plays and poetry has accurately depicted, every human emotional personality type, with unique insight. His intuitive observations and perceptive genius, invented forensic detail and analysis of character types, before the modern scientific era attained the process.

  • Ramesh T A (2/8/2010 1:03:00 AM)

    What a beautiful situation! The depiction of hilarious situation, the opening eye of flower bud, etc. for waking up to enjoy life the lover begins before his lady love wakes up! Shakespeare, the king of romantic poetry is forever a joy to read!

  • Indira Renganathan (2/8/2010 12:48:00 AM)

    This is a thorough wonderment of the poet at sun rise in complete beautified words...

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