| Think'st thou to seduce me then
by Thomas Campion
Think'st thou to seduce me then with words that haue no meaning?|
Parats so can learne to prate, our speech by pieces gleaning :
Nurces teach their children so about the time of weaning.
Learne to speake first, then to wooe : to wooing, much pertayneth :
Hee that courts vs, wanting Arte, soon falters when he fayneth,
Lookes a-squint on his discourse, and smiles, when hee complaineth.
Skilfull Anglers hide their hookes, fit baytes for euery season ;
But with crooked pins fish thou, as babes doe that want reason ;
Gogions onely can be caught with such poore trickes of treason.
Ruth forgiue me, if I err'd, from humane hearts compassion,
When I laught sometimes too much to see thy foolish fashion :
But, alas, who lesse could doe that found so good occasion !
Still Life with a Parrot, detail.
Georg Flegel. c. 1630?