Two Bookes of Ayres:
The First Booke

by Thomas Campion.

Most sweet and pleasing are thy wayes, O God,
Like Meadowes deckt with Christall streames and flowers :
Thy paths no foote prophane hath euer trod :
Nor hath the proud man rested in thy Bowers :
There liues no Vultur, no deuouring Beare,
But onely Doues and Lambs are harbor'd there.

The Wolfe his young ones to their prey doth guide ;
The Foxe his Cubbs with false deceit endues ;
The Lyons Whelpe suckes from his Damme his pride ;
In hers the Serpent malice doth infuse :                                       10
The darksome Desart all such beasts contaynes,
Not one of them in Paradice remaynes.

"Most Sweet and Pleasing" by Campion, Thomas.
Sequenced by Harald Lillmeyer. Used with permission.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 121.

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