Cockcrowing

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cockcrowing The time at which cocks first crow; the early morning; the first light of day.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cockcrowing Same as cockcrow.
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Usage

In literature:

She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow.
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
Then came the welcome cockcrow, and I felt that I was safe.
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
Verily, at Cockcrow (of this Cock or the other), all Apparitions do melt and dissolve in space.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
When he wakes at cockcrow the revellers are nearly all asleep.
"Symposium" by Plato
Mine own forerunner am I among this people, mine own cockcrow in dark lanes.
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
At cockcrow came the call which in that orchard was now as familiar as the rooster's.
"Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard" by Eleanor Farjeon
Radicals poll early; they would poll at cockcrow if they might; they dance on the morning.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
As the night was one long dog-howl, and the dawn one overwhelming cockcrow, people were thankful to get up.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
I return to Chateauneuf on certain necessary businesses; to-morrow I set out at cockcrow for Milan and the Visconti's livery.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
As for poor Amelia, she found no four-leaved clover, and at cockcrow they all went underground.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
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In poetry:

There is no cockcrow in the dark,
No bleat from a far fold,
When the Forest Folk begin to stir
Under the starlight cold.
"The Enchanted Forest" by Cicely Fox Smith
Then through the night the hoof-beats
Went sounding like a flail;
And Goody Cole at cockcrow
Came forth from Ipswich jail.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And mother, find three berries red
And pluck them from the stalk,
And burn them at the first cockcrow
That my spirit may not walk.
"At Last" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
Steepling snake in that contrary light
invades the dilate lens of genesis
to print your flaming image in birthspot
with characters no cockcrow can deface.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
Steepling snake in that contrary light
invades the dilate lens of genesis
to print your flaming image in birth spot
with characters no cockcrow can deface.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
`No pitchforked farmer, please,' she said;
`May cockcrow guard us safe,' said he;
By blackthorn thicket, flower spray
They pitched their coats, come to green bed.
"Bucolics" by Sylvia Plath