[ Downloads ]   [ Home ]

Thomas Campion

The Third Booke of Ayres


XIX. Be thou then my beauty

              1  Be thou then my beauty named, 
       Since thy will is to be mine :
              For by that am I enflamed,
       Which on all alike doth shine.
              Others may the light admire,
              I onely truely feele the fire.

              2  But if lofty titles moue thee,
       Challenge then a Sou'raignes place
              Say I honour when I loue thee,
       Let me call thy kindnesse grace.
              State and Loue things diuers bee,
              Yet will we teach them to agree.
              3  Or if this be not sufficing;
       Be thou stil'd my Goddesse then :
              I will loue thee sacrificing,
       In thine honour Hymnes Ile pen.
              To be thine, what canst thou more ?
              Ile loue thee, serue thee, and adore.



Online text copyright ©, Harald Lillmeyer