Hearke, Hearke, the Larke at Heauens Gate Sings

Original Text: 
William Shakespeare, "Cymbeline," Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, tragedies, & tragedies (London: Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623): 377 (Act II, scene 3). STC 22273. Facs. edn.: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902. F-10 356 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). New York: Norton, 1968. PR 2751 A15 1968 Robarts Library
2    and Phœbus gins arise,
3His Steeds to water at those Springs
4    on chalic'd Flowres that lyes:
5And winking Mary-buds begin to ope their Golden eyes
6With euery thing that pretty is, my Lady sweet arise:
7      Arise, arise.


1] Cloten hires musicians to sing this song to Cymbeline in hope that "it will penetrate" her and help his wooing. He asks for "a very excellent good conceyted thing; after a wonderful sweet aire, with admirable rich words to it". Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.232; re-edited RPO 1996-2000.