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The time to labour, for every animal

‘A qualunque animale alberga in terra,' (Sestina)

The time to labour, for every animal
that inhabits earth, is when it is still day,
except for those to whom the sun is hateful:
but then when heaven sets fire to its stars,
some turn for home and some nestle in the woods
to find some rest before the dawn.
And I may not cease to sigh with the sun,
from when dawn begins to scatter

the shadows from around the Earth,
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