Two Bookes of Ayres:
The First Booke

IX.
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.




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




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




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