Thomas Campion

Gentileschi, Orazio. The Lute Player, approx. 1610.
Gentileschi, Orazio. The Lute Player, c.1610.

A Booke of Ayres.


When to her lute Corrina sings,
Her voice reuiues the leaden stringes,
And doth in highest noates appeare,
As any challeng'd eccho cleere ;
But when she doth of mourning speake,
Eu'n with her sighes the strings do breake.

And as her lute doth liue or die,
Led by her passion, so must I,
For when of pleasure she doth sing,
My thoughts enioy a sodaine spring,
But if she doth of sorrow speake,
Eu'n from my hart the strings doe breake.

CAMPION, Thomas: "When To Her Lute Corinna Sings."
Sequenced by Allan Alexander. Used with permission.

The sheet-music from the 1601 edition is viewable HERE

Vocal clip from the album
Classical Kirkby: Orpheus and Corinna

Text Source:
Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 9.

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Campion: English Ayres