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Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

Follow Your Saint


              1Follow your saint, follow with accents sweet;
              2Haste you, sad notes, fall at her flying feet.
              3There, wrapp'd in cloud of sorrow, pity move,
              4And tell the ravisher of my soul I perish for her love:
              5But if she scorns my never-ceasing pain,
              6Then burst with sighing in her sight and ne'er return again.

              7  All that I sung still to her praise did tend,
              8Still she was first; still she my songs did end;
              9Yet she my love and music both doth fly,
            10The music that her echo is and beauty's sympathy.
            11Then let my notes pursue her scornful flight:
            12It shall suffice that they were breath'd and died for her delight.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Philip Rosseter, A booke of ayres (London: Peter Short, 1601). STC 21332.
First publication date: 1601
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.248; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/6

Rhyme: aabbcc


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