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Thomas Campion

The second Booke of Ayres



1   Good men shew, if you can tell,
Where doth humane pitty dwell ?
Farre and neere her would I seeke,
So vext with sorrow is my brest,
She ( they say ) to all is meeke,
And onely makes th'vnhappie blest.

2   Oh ! if such a Saint there be,
Some hope yet remaines for me :
Prayer or sacrifice may gaine
From her implored grace reliefe,
To release mee of my paine,
Or at the least to ease my griefe.

3   Young am I, and farre from guile,
The more is my woe the while :
Falshood with a smooth disguise
My simple meaning hath abus'd,
Casting mists before mine eyes,
By which my senses are confus'd.

4   Faire he is who vow'd to me,
That he onely mine would be :
But alas, his minde is caught
With eu'ry gaudie bait he sees.
And too late my flame is taught
That too much kindnesse makes men freese.

5   From me all my friends are gone,
While I pine for him alone,
And not one will rue my case,
But rather my distresse deride.
That I thinke there is no place
Where pittie euer yet did bide.


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