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First Line: O nightingale, that on yon bloomy spray
Last Line: Both them I serve, and of their train am I.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 1;o Nightingale!
Subject(s): Birds; Love; Nightingales


O NIGHTINGALE, that on yon bloomy spray
Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still,
Thou with fresh hopes the lover's heart dost fill,
While the jolly hours lead on propitious May.
Thy liquid notes, that close the eye of day,
First head before the shallow cuckoo's bill,
Portend sucess in love. Oh, if Jove's will
Have linked that amorous power to thy soft lay,
Now timely sing, ere the rude bird of hate
Foretell my hopeless doom in some grove nigh;
As thou from year to year hast sung too late
For my relief, yet hadst no reason why.
Whether the Muse of Love call thee his mate,
Both them I serve, and of their train am I.




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