The Phoenix and Turtle

Let the bird of loudest lay,
lay (n.) 1 song
turtle (n.) turtle-dove, lover
On the sole Arabian tree,
sole (adj.) 1 unique, unrivalled, singular
Herald sad and trumpet be,
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn
trumpet (n.) 1 trumpeter; herald, announcer
To whose sound chaste wings obey.
But thou shrieking harbinger,
harbinger (n.) forerunner, herald, precursor
Foul precurrer of the fiend,
precurrer (n.) precursor, forerunner
Augur of the fever's end,
augur, augure (n.) 2 augurer, soothsayer, fortune-teller
To this troop come thou not near!
From this session interdict
interdict (v.) forbid, prohibit, debar
Every fowl of tyrant wing,
fowl (n.) bird
tyrant (adj.) cruel, violent, rapacious
Save the eagle, feathered king:
Keep the obsequy so strict.
obsequy (n.) funeral rite, burial ceremony
Let the priest in surplice white,
That defunctive music can,
can (v.) 1 be skilled [in], have ability [in]
defunctive (adj.) to do with dying, funereal
Be the death-divining swan,
Lest the requiem lack his right.
And thou treble-dated crow,
treble-dated (adj.) living three times as long as man
That thy sable gender mak'st
gender (n.) 2 offspring, brood
sable (adj.) black
With the breath thou giv'st and tak'st,
'Mongst our mourners shalt thou go.
Here the anthem doth commence:
anthem (n.) song of mourning, hymn of grief
Love and constancy is dead;
Phoenix and the turtle fled
In a mutual flame from hence.
So they loved, as love in twain
Had the essence but in one;
Two distincts, division none:
distinct (n.) separate entity, differentiated thing
Number there in love was slain.
Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
Distance, and no space was seen
'Twixt the turtle and his queen:
But in them it were a wonder.
So between them love did shine,
That the turtle saw his right
Flaming in the phoenix' sight;
Either was the other's mine.
Property was thus appalled,
property (n.) 2 feature, characteristic, particular respect
That the self was not the same;
Single nature's double name
Neither two nor one was called.
Reason, in itself confounded,
confound (v.) 1 destroy, overthrow, ruin
Saw division grow together,
To themselves yet either neither,
Simple were so well compounded;
simple (adj.) 4 unmixed, without addition, plain
That it cried, How true a twain
Seemeth this concordant one!
concordant (adj.) 1 agreeing as one, harmonious, of one heart and mind
Love hath reason, reason none,
If what parts can so remain.
Whereupon it made this threne
threne, threnos (n.) dirge, lament, funeral song
To the phoenix and the dove,
Co-supremes and stars of love,
co-supreme (n.) joint supreme ruler
As chorus to their tragic scene.
Beauty, truth, and rarity,
rarity (n.) exceptional nature, striking quality
Grace in all simplicity,
Here enclosed, in cinders lie.
Death is now the phoenix' nest;
And the turtle's loyal breast
To eternity doth rest.
Leaving no posterity,
'Twas not their infirmity,
It was married chastity.
Truth may seem, but cannot be;
Beauty brag, but 'tis not she;
Truth and beauty buried be.
To this urn let those repair
That are either true or fair;
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.