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Live Stream: An Hymn to the Morning by Phillis Wheatley

Written by Rachael Norris, 9th March 2021

In today's Shared Reading live stream we are reading An Hymn to the Morning by Phillips Wheatley with London Hub Leader Erin Carlstrom.

The theme for our readings in March is 'Springing Forward' and we hope the poetry, readings and recommendations we have chosen can help us stay connected over the coming weeks. Download the calendar here.

An Hymn to the Morning
Attend my lays, ye ever honored Nine,
Assist my labours, and my strains refine;
In smoothest numbers pour the notes along,
For bright Aurora now demands my song.
Aurora hail! and all the thousand dies,
Which deck thy progress through the vaulted skies:
The morn awakes, and wide extends her rays,
On ev'ry leaf the gentle zephyr plays;
Harmonious lays the feathered race resume,
Dart the bright eye, and shake the painted plume.
Ye shady groves, your verdant bloom display
To shield your poet from the burning day:
Calliope, awake the sacred lyre,
While thy fair sisters fan the pleasing fire:
The bowers, the gales, the variegated skies
In all their pleasures in my bosom rise.
See in the east th' illustrious king of day!
His rising radiance drives the shades away—
But oh! I feel his fervid beams too strong,
And scarce begun, concludes the abortive song.
by Phillis Wheatley

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