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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Summons to Love

William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)

PHŒBUS, arise!

And paint the sable skies

With azure, white, and red;

Rouse Memnon’s mother from her Tithon’s bed,

That she thy carriere may with roses spread;

The nightingales thy coming each-where sing;

Make an eternal Spring!

Give life to this dark world which lieth dead;

Spread forth thy golden hair

In larger locks than thou wast wont before,

And emperor-like decore

With diadem of pearl thy temples fair:

Chase hence the ugly night

Which serves but to make dear thy glorious light.

—This is that happy morn,

That day, long-wishèd day

Of all my life so dark,

(If cruel stars have not my ruin sworn

And fates not hope betray),

Which, only white, deserves

A diamond for ever should it mark.

This is the morn should bring unto this grove

My Love, to hear and recompense my love.

Fair King, who all preserves,

But show thy blushing beams,

And thou two sweeter eyes

Shalt see than those which by Penèus’ streams

Did once thy heart surprise.

Nay, suns, which shine as clear

As thou when two thou did to Rome appear.

Now, Flora, deck thyself in fairest guise:

If that ye, winds, would hear

A voice surpassing far Amphion’s lyre,

Your stormy chiding stay;

Let Zephyr only breathe,

And with her tresses play.

Kissing sometimes these purple ports of death.

—The winds all silent are,

And Phœbus in his chair

Ensaffroning sea and air

Makes vanish every star:

Night like a drunkard reels

Beyond the hills, to shun his flaming wheels:

The fields with flowers are deck’d in every hue,

The clouds with orient gold spangle their blue;

Here is the pleasant place—

And everything, save Her, who all should grace.