Thomas Campion

A Booke of Ayres.


Turne backe, you wanton flyer,
And answere my desire
With mutuall greeting,
Yet bende a little neerer,
True beauty stil shines cleerer
In closer meeting.
Harts with harts delighted
Should striue to be vnited,
Either others armes with armes enchayning:
Harts with a thought,
Rosy lips with a kisse still entertaining.

What haruest halfe so sweete is
As still to reape the kisses
Growne ripe in sowing,
And straight to be receiuer
Of that which thou art giuer,
Rich in bestowing?
There's no strickt obseruing
Of times or seasons sweruing,
There is euer one fresh spring abiding ;
Then what we sow,
With our lips let vs reape, loues gaines deuiding.

RealAudio sample from Campion: English Ayres.

"Turne Back, You Wanton Flyer" by Thomas Campion.
Sequenced by John Cowles.

Text Source:
Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 9-10.

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