William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Hark! Hark! The Lark - Poem by William Shakespeare

Hark! hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings,
And Phoebus 'gins arise,
His steeds to water at those springs
On chalic'd flowers that lies;
And winking Mary-buds begin
To ope their golden eyes;
With everything that pretty is,
My lady sweet, arise:
Arise, arise!


Comments about Hark! Hark! The Lark by William Shakespeare

  • Rookie Ken Kirwa (7/2/2015 10:40:00 PM)

    very encouraging.trully the bird has sang the song (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/1/2014 9:25:00 PM)

    Awesome, abrupt. beginning..Hark Hark silky and soft ending- My lady sweet, arise: Arise, arise! lovely thank you PH (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,729 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/1/2014 2:13:00 PM)

    always a favorite poem about Spring... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:51:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 23,446 Points * Sunprincess * (10/6/2012 10:17:00 PM)

    A beautiful morning scene..it is going to be a great day definitely.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (2/8/2012 10:25:00 AM)

    Duke Ellington admired Shakespeare, saying about: he must've spent a lot of time on the street corner. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie isha Gautam (2/8/2012 8:30:00 AM)

    speachless......just speachless.....hats off to shakespeare (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Sagar Shelar (2/8/2012 5:58:00 AM)

    No words to say about Shakespeare. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 342 Points Manonton Dalan (2/8/2012 4:24:00 AM)

    genius tend to over analyzed things
    but for a simple man with simple mind
    this could be just early morning when
    sun is barely rising; horses drinks on
    spring; wake-up my lady-rise and shine. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (2/8/2010 6:59:00 AM)

    This seems awkward for Shakespeare: 'His steeds to water at those springs/On chaliced flowers that lies...'

    I google the following which sets the lyric in the play:

    In Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Cloten uses lewd language to talk about Cymbeline. In an attempt to use musicians to court her, he calls on them to play 'a wonderful sweet air'. The hark, hark! ... line is chosen to represent sweetness and refinement, as a counterpoint to the previous crudities. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 164 Points Joseph Poewhit (2/8/2010 6:07:00 AM)

    Seems like a flowery love poem of the era. BUT, he was the playwright and still is today. A psychoanalysis before the word was in vogue (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terence George Craddock (2/8/2010 2:38:00 AM)

    An interesting analogy, Phoebus the god Apollo and a personification of the sun, arises and waters his spirited horses using chaliced flowers like a communion cup. With the light Phoebus bestows, beauty dawns anew in preparation for the harkened awakening of his love. A beautiful romantic theme.
    I am not sure the phrase 'the king of romantic poetry' adequately fits or that this was Shakespeare's goal. Shakespeare in his plays and poetry has accurately depicted, every human emotional personality type, with unique insight. His intuitive observations and perceptive genius, invented forensic detail and analysis of character types, before the modern scientific era attained the process. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,637 Points Ramesh T A (2/8/2010 1:03:00 AM)

    What a beautiful situation! The depiction of hilarious situation, the opening eye of flower bud, etc. for waking up to enjoy life the lover begins before his lady love wakes up! Shakespeare, the king of romantic poetry is forever a joy to read! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 788 Points Indira Renganathan (2/8/2010 12:48:00 AM)

    This is a thorough wonderment of the poet at sun rise in complete beautified words... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hugh Dungey (2/5/2008 6:41:00 AM)

    Although most copies of Shakespeare show the poem as written, the correct version is 'evrything that pretty bin', not 'is'. Otherwise it doesn't rhyme. My Shakespeare (Collins 1958) shows 'bin'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Egal Bohen (11/9/2007 4:32:00 PM)

    Chaliced flowers, Golden eyes
    Language to the heavens fly
    Thank you Will.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie quercus : I've never got paid for my hits... (2/8/2007 10:43:00 PM)

    What a wonderful little write...It can be used as a romantic dedication on a Valentine card...That would be a real treasure to get... (Report) Reply

Read all 17 comments »




Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: water, heaven, spring, flower



Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



[Hata Bildir]