Thomas Campion

Carlo Maratti. Apollo Chasing Daphne, detail. 1681.
Carlo Maratti. Apollo Chasing Daphne, detail. 1681.

A Booke of Ayres.


See where she flies enrag'd from me,
View her when she intends despite,
The winde is not more swift then shee,
Her furie mou'd such terror makes,
As to a fearfull guiltie sprite,
The voice of heau'ns huge thunder cracks :
But when her appeased minde yeelds to delight,
All her thoughts are made of ioies,
Millions of delights inuenting ;
Other pleasures are but toies
To her beauties sweete contenting.

My fortune hangs vpon her brow,
For as she smiles or frownes on mee,
So must my blowne affections bow ;
And her proude thoughts too well do find
With what vnequal tyrannie,
Her beauties doe command my mind.
Though, when her sad planet raignes,
Froward she bee,
She alone can pleasure moue,
And displeasing sorrow banish.
May I but still hold her loue,
Let all other comforts vanish.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 13.

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