Description of a Maske
in honour of Lord Hayes

by Thomas Campion.

Song.                     Moue now with measured sound,
                        You charmed groue of gould,
                    Trace forth the sacred ground
                        That shall your formes vnfold.

Diana and the starry Night for your Apollos sake
Endue your Siluan shapes with powre this strange delight to make.
Much ioy must needs the place betide where trees for gladnes moue :
A fairer sight was nere beheld, or more expressing loue.

                    Yet neerer
Phoebus throne
                        Mete on your winding waies,
                    Your Brydall mirth make knowne
                        In your high-graced

Let Hymen lead your sliding rounds, and guide them with his light,
While we do Io Hymen sing in honour of this night,
Ioyne three by three, for so the night by triple spel decrees,
Now to release
Apollos knights from these enchanted trees.

RealAudio sample from the CD
Madrigals & Wedding Songs for Diana.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 70.

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What Then Is Love?
An Elizabethan Songbook