Never thought of dawn as being haggard, though an insomniac crawling into it after a restless night might be.  ‘Bright as lamps’ is obvious but we never use it.

May your eyes be bright and may you never feel haggard as dawn.

See also examples of lamps as luminous fruits, lamps like eyes, eyes like this, eyes like that…

‘…  her eyes now bright as lamps, now haggard as dawns…’

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 255

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