Two Bookes of Ayres:
The First Booke
by Thomas Campion.
Wise men patience neuer want ;
Good men pitty cannot hide ;
Feeble spirits onely vant
Of reuenge, the poorest pride :
Hee alone, forgiue that can,
Bears the true soule of a man.
Some there are, debate that seeke,
Making trouble their content,
Happy if they wrong the meeke,
Vexe them that to peace are bent :
Such vndooe the common tye
Of mankinde, societie.
Kindnesse growne is, lately, colde ;
Conscience hath forgot her part ;
Blessed times were knowne of old,
Long ere Law became an Art :
Shame deterr'd, not Statutes then,
Honest loue was law to men.
Deeds from loue, and words, that flowe,
Foster like kinde Aprill showres ;
In the warme Sunne all things grow,
Wholsome fruits and pleasant flowres ;
All so thriues his gentle rayes,
Where on humane loue displayes.
Correggio. Allegory of Virtue.