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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Pepys gained from Elizabeth Knepp the words and notes of her song of “the Larke" which L&M think probably John Wilson's setting of this poem by Davenant:

The Lark Now Leaves His Watery Nest

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,
Till 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.

-- Sir William Davenant (mid 1600's)

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