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Poem by William Davenant


A Song


O thou that sleep'st like pig in straw,
Thou lady dear, arise;
Open (to keep the sun in awe)
Thy pretty pinking eyes:
And, having stretched each leg and arm,
Put on your clean white smock,
And then I pray, to keep you warm,
A petticoat or dock.
Arise, arise! Why should you sleep
When you have slept enough?
Long since, French boys cried Chimney-sweep,
And damsels Kitchen-stuff.
The shops were opened long before,
And youngest prentice goes
To lay at's master's chamber-door
His master's shining shoes.
Arise, arise! your breakfast stays,
Good water-gruel warm,
Or sugar-sops, which Galen says
With mace, will do no harm.
Arise, arise! when you are up
You'll find more to your cost,
For morning's draught in caudle-cup,
Good nutbrown ale, and toast. 



William Davenant


William Davenant's other poems:
  1. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New-years Day
  2. The Christians Reply to the Phylosopher
  3. Life and Death
  4. Weep No More for What Is Past
  5. Ladies in Arms


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Mark Akenside A Song ("The Shape alone let others prize")
  • Edwin Arnold A Song ("Once Ч and only once Ч you gave")
  • George Crabbe A Song ("As Chloe fair, a new-made bride")
  • Eleanor Farjeon A Song ("It means so little to you")
  • Robert Binyon A Song ("For Mercy, Courage, Kindness, Mirth")
  • Richard Crashaw A Song ("Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace")
  • Oliver Holmes A Song ("WHEN the Puritans came over")
  • Lizette Reese A Song ("Oh, Love, he went a-straying")
  • Helen Williams A Song ("No riches from his scanty store")

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