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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. The Christians Reply to the Phylosopher
  2. Life and Death
  3. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New-years Day
  4. Praise and Prayer
  5. Weep No More for What Is Past


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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