Now Winter Nights Enlarge
by Thomas Campion

    Now winter nights enlarge
    The number of their houres ;
And clouds their stormes discharge
    Upon the ayrie towres.
Let now the chimneys blaze
    And cups o'erflow with wine,
Let well-tun'd words amaze
    With harmonie diuine.
Now yellow waxen lights
    Shall waite on hunny Loue
While youthfull Reuels, Masks, and Courtly sights,
    Sleepes leaden spels remoue.

    This time doth well dispence
    With louers long discourse ;
Much speech hath some defence,
    Though beauty no remorse.
All doe not all things well ;
    Some measures comely tread ;
Some knotted Ridles tell ;
    Some Poems smoothly read.
The Summer hath his ioyes,
    And Winter his delights ;
Though Loue and all his pleasures are but toyes,
    They shorten tedious nights.

Lucas van Valkenborch (Flemish, 1530-1597). Winter. 1586.
Lucas van Valkenborch, Winter. Detail. 1586.
"Now Winter Nights Enlarge" by Campion, Thomas (1567-1620).
Sequenced by Allan Alexander. Used with permission.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 165.

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