Rose-Cheekt Lawra
by Thomas Campion

   Rose-cheekt Lawra, come
Sing thou smoothly with thy beawties
Silent musick, either other
                  Sweetly gracing.

   Louely formes do flowe
From concent deuinely framed ;
Heau'n is musick, and thy beawties
                  Birth is heauenly.

   These dull notes we sing
Discords neede for helps to grace them ;
Only beawty purely louing
                  Knowes no discord,

   But still mooues delight,
Like cleare springs renu'd by flowing,
Euer perfect, euer in them-
                  selues eternall.





Neroccio. Portrait of a Lady, 1490.
Neroccio. Portrait of a Lady, 1490.


Text source:
Campion, Thomas. "Observations in the Art of English Poesie."
      Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
      Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 50-1.




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