Mark how the blushful morn in vain Courts the amorous marigold With sighing blush and weeping rain, Yet she refuses to unfold. But when the planet of the day Approacheth with his pow'rful ray, Then she spreads, then she receives His warmer beams into her virgin leaves. So may'st thou thrive in love, fond boy, If silent tears and sighs discover Thy grief, thou never shalt enjoy The just reward of a bold lover. But when with moving accent thou Shalt constant faith and service vow, Thy Celia shall receive those charms With open ear, and with unfolded arms.
- by Thomas Carew (1595? - 1639?), from Poems, first published 1640 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Nicholas Lanier (1588 - 1666), "Mark how the blushful morn", published 1669. [text verified 1 time]
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