Two Bookes of Ayres:
The Second Booke.

by Thomas Campion.

Sweet, exclude mee not, nor be divided
    From him that ere long must bed thee :
All thy maiden doubts Law hath decided ;
    Sure wee are, and I must wed thee.
    Presume then yet a little more :
        Here's the way, barre not the dore.

Tenants, to fulfill their Land-lords pleasure,
    Pay their rent before the quarter :
'Tis my case, if you it rightly measure ;
    Put mee not then off with laughter.                             10
    Consider then a little more :
        Here's the way to all my store.

Why were dores in loues despight deuised ?
    Are not Lawes enough restrayning ?
Women are most apt to be surprised
    Sleeping, or sleepe wisely fayning.
    Then grace me yet a little more :
        Here's the way, barre not the dore.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 138.

"Sweet, Exclude Me Not" by Campion.
Sequenced by Harald Lillmeyer. Used with permission.

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Thomas Campion: Elizabethan Songs

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