Two Bookes of Ayres:
The First Booke

by Thomas Campion.

Lighten, heauy heart, thy spright,
      The ioyes recall that thence are fled ;
Yeeld thy brest some liuing light ;
      The man that nothing doth is dead.
Tune thy temper to these sounds,
      And quicken so thy ioylesse minde ;
Sloth the worst and best confounds :
      It is the ruine of mankinde.

From her caue rise all distasts,
      Which vnresolu'd Despaire pursues ;                      10
Whom soone after, Violence hasts,
      Her selfe vngratefull to abuse.
Skies are clear'd with stirring windes,
      Th' vnmoued water moorish growes ;
Eu'ry eye much pleasure findes
      To view a streame that brightly flowes.

Text source:
Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 126.

"Lighten, Heavy Heart, Thy Sprite" by Campion, Thomas.
Sequenced by Harald Lillmeyer. Used with permission.

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