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Thomas Campion

The first Booke of Ayres



    1   Awake, awake thou heauy spright,
That sleep'st the deadly sleepe of sinne ;
    Rise now and walke the wayes of light :
'Tis not too late yet to begin.
        Seeke heau'n earely, seeke it late ;
        True Faith still findes an open gate.

    2   Get vp, get vp thou leaden man,
Thy tracks to endlesse ioy, or paine,
    Yeelds but the modell of a span,
Yet burnes out the lifes lampe in vaine.
        One minute bounds thy bane, or blisse,
        Then watch, and labour while time is.


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