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Let the bird of loudest lay, On the sole Arabian tree, Herald sad and trumpet be, To whose sound chaste wings obey.


But thou, shriking harbinger, Foul pre-currer of the fiend, Augur of the fever's end, To this troop come thou not near.


From this session interdict Every fowl of tyrant wing, Save the eagle, feather'd king: Keep the obsequy so strict.


Let the priest in surplice white, That defunctive music can, Be the death-divining swan, Lest the requiem lack his right.


And thou, treble-dated crow, That thy sable gender mak'st With the breath thou giv'st and tak'st, 'Mongst our mourners shalt thou go.


Here the anthem doth commence: Love and constancy is dead; Phoenix and the turtle fled In a mutual flame from hence.


So they lov'd, as love in twain Had the essence but in one; Two distincts, division none: Number there in love was slain.


Hearts remote, yet not asunder; Distance, and no space was seen 'Twixt the turtle and his queen; But in them it were a wonder.


So between them love did shine, That the turtle saw his right Flaming in the phoenix' sight: Either was the other's mine.


Property was thus appall'd, That the self was not the same; Single nature's double name Neither two nor one was call'd.


Reason, in itself confounded, Saw division grow together; To themselves yet either-neither, Simple were so well compounded


That it cried how true a twain Seemeth this concordant one! Love hath reason, reason none If what parts can so remain.


Whereupon it made this threne To the phoenix and the dove, Co-supreme and stars of love; As chorus to their tragic scene.


THRENOS.

Beauty, truth, and rarity. Grace in all simplicity, Here enclos'd in cinders lie.


Death is now the phoenix' nest; And the turtle's loyal breast To eternity doth rest,


Leaving no posterity:-- 'Twas not their infirmity, It was married chastity.


Truth may seem, but cannot be: Beauty brag, but 'tis not she; Truth and beauty buried be.


To this urn let those repair That are either true or fair; For these dead birds sigh a prayer.

-Shakespeare

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