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 :           10
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 ;            20
In the warme Sunne all things grow,
Wholsome fruits and pleasant flowres ;
All so thriues his gentle rayes,
Where on humane loue displayes.

Allegory of Virtue
about 1532-34
Correggio. Allegory of Virtue. c.1532-34.

"Wise men patience never want" by Campion, Thomas.
Sequenced by Harald Lillmeyer. Used with permission.

Campion, Thomas. Campion's Works. Percival Vivian, Ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 121-122.

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