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Chanticleer

Chanticleer

n. — a rooster; originally applied as a proper noun like a name, it’s now mostly written without a capital

My lungs began to crow like Chanticleer.
—William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II.vii.30 (Jaques)

fm. Old French, chante- (to sing or crow) + cler (clear)

Chanticleer is the name of a character in the medieval fable Reynard (the Fox). He first appeared in 1170 and was referenced in Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale (c1386) and Spenser’s Faerie Queen (1590).

first published. 1300

Daybreak
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A wind came up out of the sea,
And said, “O mists, make room for me.”

It hailed the ships, and cried, “Sail on,
Ye mariners, the night is gone.”

And hurried landward far away,
Crying, “Awake! it is the day.”

It said unto the forest, “Shout!
Hang all your leafy banners out!”

It touched the wood-bird’s folded wing,
And said, “O bird, awake and sing.”

And o’er the farms, “O chanticleer,
Your clarion blow; the day is near.”

It whispered to the fields of corn,
“Bow down, and hail the coming morn.”

It shouted through the belfry-tower,
“Awake, O bell! proclaim the hour.”

It crossed the churchyard with a sigh,
And said, “Not yet! in quiet lie.”

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