Aubade – a song or poem that celebrates a new day dawning from medieval French literature traditionally about clandestine lovers parting at the end of an amorous night.
Once more I dare to rouse the sounding string.
The poet of my God – Awake my glory,
Awake my lute and harp – myself shall wake.
Soon as the stately night, exploding bird
In lovely lay sings welcome to the dawn.
‘On the Immortality of the Supreme Being’, Chistopher Smart
And other kinds of shine rising off the edges of things –
as if the daylight were a doctor arriving,
each thing needing to be seen . . .
‘Sea-Blue Aubade’, Jorie Graham
Religion used to try,
That vast moth-eaten musical brocade
Created to pretend we never die . . .
‘Aubade’, Philip Larkin