Thomas Campion

Titian. Woman with Mirror, c.1515
Titian. Woman with Mirror, c.1515. The Louvre.

A Booke of Ayres.


Faire, if you expect admiring,
Sweet, if you prouoke desiring,
Grace deere loue with kind requiting.
Fond, but if thy sight be blindnes,
False if thou affect vnkindnes,
Flie both loue and loues delighting.
Then when hope is lost and loue is scorned,
Ile bury my desires, and quench the fires that euer yet in
          vaine haue burned.

Fates, if you rule louers fortune,
Stars, if men your powers importune,
Yield reliefe by your relenting :
Time, if sorrow be not endles,
Hope made vaine, and pittie friendles,
Helpe to ease my long lamenting.
But if griefes remaine still vnredressed,
I'le flie to her againe, and sue for pitie to renue my hopes

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 12.

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Bawdy Elizabethan Evening in Merrie Olde England

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