Two Bookes of Ayres:
The Second Booke

by Thomas Campion.

What haruest halfe so sweet is,
As still to reape the kisses
    Grown ripe in sowing ?
And straight to be receiuer
Of that which thou art giuer,
    Rich in bestowing ?
Kisse then, my haruest Queene,
    Full garners heaping ;
Kisses, ripest when th' are greene,
    Want onely reaping.                        10

The Doue alone expresses
Her feruencie in kisses,
    Of all most louing :
A creature as offencelesse,
As those things that are sencelesse,
    And void of mouing.
Let vs so loue and kisse,
    Though all enuie vs :
That which kinde, and harmelesse is,
    None can denie vs.                         20

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

CAMPION, Thomas: "What harvest half so sweet."
Sequenced by John Cowles.

RealAudio sample from the CD by Linell & Rickards
Early Music - Campion: Lute Songs.

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