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Thomas Campion

The Fovrth Booke of Ayres


XVIII. Think'st thou to seduce

     1 Think'st thou to seduce me then with words that haue no meaning ?
     Parats so can learne to prate our speech by pieces gleaning.
     Nurces teach their children so, about the time of weaning.

     2 Learne to speake first, then to wooe, to wooing much pertayneth :
     Hee that courts vs, wanting Arte, soone falters when he fayneth :
     Lookes a-squint on his discourse, and smiles when hee complaineth.

     3 Skilfull Anglers hide their hookes, fit baytes for euery season ;
     But with crooked pins fish thou, as babes doe that want reason ;
     Gogions onely can be caught with such poore trickes of treason.

     4 Ruth forgiue me if I err'd from humane hearts compassion,
     When I laught sometimes too much to see thy foolish fashion :
     But alas, who lesse could doe that found so good occasion ?



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