Two Bookes of Ayres:
The First Booke

by Thomas Campion.

Come, chearfull day, part of my life, to mee :
For while thou view'st me with thy fading light,
Part of my life doth still depart with thee,
And I still onward haste to my last night.
   Times fatall wings doe euer forward flye,
   Soe eu'ry day we liue a day wee dye.

But, O yee nights, ordain'd for barren rest,
How are my dayes depriu'd of life in you,
When heauy sleepe my soule hath dispossest,
By fayned death life sweetly to renew !                         10
   Part of my life in that, you life denye :
   So eu'ry day we liue a day wee dye.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 125.

"Come, Cheerful Day" by Campion, Thomas.
Sequenced by Harald Lillmeyer. Used with permission.

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