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1. A song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak.
2. A poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn.

[French, from Old French albade, from Old Provençal albada, from alba, dawn, aubade, from Latin, feminine of albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.]


(French obad)
1. (Poetry) a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
2. (Music, other) a song or poem appropriate to or greeting the dawn
3. (Classical Music) a romantic or idyllic prelude or overture
[C19: from French, from Old Provençal aubada (unattested), from auba dawn, ultimately from Latin albus white]



music suitable to greeting the dawn or the morning.
[1670–80; < French, Middle French]


A poem that greets or evokes the dawn.
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In "day six" of "Seven Aubades for Summer," the speaker mourns the form itself, "its little scheme to stop time / almost stopped.
Thomas Merton's Wake-Up Calls: Aubades and Monastic Dawn Poems from A Man in the Divided Sea," The Merton Annual 12 (1999), pp.
Sino-Quebecoise, Imago of Beijing, stitch together aubades, monostich by monostich, til a sudden poem ships, thrashes, frothing your book C: It is so beautiful, Malcolm, I can't move.
In addition, two sequences of linked poems are spread throughout the book: One consists of aubades, or poems addressing dawn, the other of poems spoken by angels.