Kinde are her answeres
by Thomas Campion

    Kinde are her answeres,
    But her performance keeps no day ;
Breaks time, as dancers
    From their own Musicke when they stray :
    All her free fauors and smooth words,
Wing my hopes in vaine.
O did euer voice so sweet but only fain?
    Can true loue yeeld such delay,
    Conuerting ioy to pain?

    Lost is our freedome
    When we submit to women so :
Why doe wee neede them,
    When in their best they worke our woe?
    There is no wisedome
Can alter ends, by Fate prefixt.
O why is the good of man with euill mixt?
    Neuer were days yet cal'd two,
    But one night went betwixt.

Joachim Wtewael. Perseus and Andromeda, 1611.
Joachim Wtewael. Perseus and Andromeda, 1611.

"Kind Are Her Answers" by Campion, Thomas (1567-1620).
Sequenced by Allan Alexander. Used with permission.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 163-164.

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