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Thomas Campion

The second Booke of Ayres



1   What haruest halfe so sweet is,
As still to reape the kisses
    Growne ripe in sowing ?
And straight to be receiuer
Of that which thou art giuer,
    Rich in bestowing ?
Kisse then my haruest Queene,
    full garners heaping ;
Kisses ripest when th'are greene,
    want onely reaping.

2   The Doue alone expresses
Her feruencie in kisses,
    Of all most louing :
A creature as offencelesse,
As those things that are sencelesse,
    And void of mouing.
Let vs so loue and kisse,
    Though all enuie vs :
That which kinde, and harmelesse is,
    None can denie vs.


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