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Thomas Campion

The second Booke of Ayres



    1   Giue beauty all her right,
    Shees not to one forme tyed :
    Each shape yeelds faire delight
    Where her perfections bide :
Hellen I grant might pleasing be,
And Ros'mond was as sweet as shee.

    2   Some the quicke eye commends,
    Some smelling lips and red :
    Pale lookes haue many friends,
    Through sacred sweetnesse bred.
Medowes haue flowres that pleasure moue,
Though Roses are the flowres of loue.

    3   Free beauty is not bound
    To one vnmoued clime,
    She visits eu'ry ground,
    And fauours eu'ry time.
Let the old loues with mine compare,
My sou'raigne is as sweet, and fayre.


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