The Bird of Dawning


The Bird of Dawning


William Shakespeare

(Hamlet – Act 1, scene 1

Some say that ever

‘gainst that season comes

Wherein our Saviour’s

birth is celebrated,

This bird of dawning

singeth all night long;

And then, they say,

no spirit dare stir abroad,

The nights are wholesome,

then no planets strike,

No fairy takes, nor witch

hath power to charm,

So hallow’d and so

gracious is the time.

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