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Aubade


An aubade is a song of the dawn, usually linked with the motif of waking lovers and their reluctant parting. An example is John Donne's "The Sun Rising" (1633), which begins this way:

Busy old fool, unruly sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows and through curtains call on us?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?


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