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Poem Title:  Philomel

Poem Category:  Nature Poems

Poet:  Richard Barnefield

Poet Biography: 
Richard Barnefield (1574-1627)

As it fell upon a day In the merry month of May, Sitting in a pleasant shade Which a grove of myrtles made, Beasts did leap and birds did sing, Trees did grow and plants did spring; Everything did banish moan Save the Nightingale alone: She, poor bird, as all forlorn Leaned her breast up-till a thorn, And there sung the doleful'st ditty, That to hear it was great pity. Fie, fie, fie! Now would she cry; Tereu, Tereu! By and by; that to hear her so complain Scarce I could from tears refrain; For her griefs so lively shown Made me think upon mine own. Ah! Thought I, thou mourn'st in vain, None takes pity on thy pain: Senseless trees they cannot hear thee, Ruthless beasts they will not cheer thee: King Pandion he is dead, All thy friends are lapped in lead; All thy fellow birds do sing Careless of thy sorrowing: Even so, poor bird, like thee, None alive will pity me.

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