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Thomas Campion

The first Booke of Ayres



1   Where are all the beauties now all harts enchaining ?
Whither are thy flatt'rers gone with all their fayning ?
All fled, and thou alone still here remayning.

2   Thy rich flate of twisted gold to Bayes is turned ?
Cold as thou art are thy loues that so much burned ?
Who dye in flatt'rers arms are seldome mourned.

3   Yet in spite of enuie, this be still proclaymed,
That none worthyer then thy selfe thy worth hath blamed:
When their poore names are lost thou shalt liue famed,

4   When thy story long time hence shall be perused,
Let the blemish of thy rule be thus excused,
None euer liu'd more iust, none more abused.


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