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AMORETTI: 19, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The merry cuckoo, messenger of spring
Last Line: Ere cuckow end, let her a rebell be.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Variant Title(s): The Merry Cuckoo
Subject(s): Birds; Cuckoos


The merry cuckow, messenger of Spring,
His trompet shrill hath thrise already sounded,
That warnes al lovers wayt upon their king,
Who now is comming forth with girland crouned.
With noyse whereof the quyre of byrds resounded
Their anthemes sweet, devized of Loves prayse,
That all the woods theyr ecchoes back rebounded,
As if they knew the meaning of their layes.
But mongst them all which did Loves honor rayse,
No word was heard of her that most it ought,
But she his precept proudly disobayes,
And doth his ydle message set at nought.
Therefore, O Love, unlesse she turne to thee
Ere cuckow end, let her a rebell be.





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