Maids are simple, some men say
by Thomas Campion

Maydes are simple, some men say,
They, forsooth, will trust no men.
But should they mens wils obey,
Maides were very simple then.

Truth, a rare flower now is growne,
Few men weare it in their hearts ;
Louers are more easily knowne
By their follies, then deserts.

Safer may we credit giue
To a faithlesse wandring Iew
Then a young mans vowes beleeue
When he sweares his loue is true.

Loue they make a poore blinde childe,
But let none trust such as hee :
Rather then to be beguil'd,
Euer let me simple be.

Text source:
Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 162.

Thomas Campion. "Maids are simple, some men say."
Sequenced by Allan Alexander. Used with permission.

Peter Paul Rubens. Venus and Adonis. Detail.
Rubens. Venus and Adonis, detail. c.1635.

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