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Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

Rose-Cheeked Laura

              1  Rose-cheek'd Laura, come,
              2Sing thou smoothly with thy beauty's
              3Silent music, either other
              4       Sweetly gracing.

              5  Lovely forms do flow
              6From concent divinely framed;
              7Heav'n is music, and thy beauty's
              8       Birth is heavenly.

              9  These dull notes we sing
            10Discords need for helps to grace them;
            11Only beauty purely loving
            12       Knows no discord,

            13But still moves delight,
            14Like clear springs renew'd by flowing,
            15Ever perfect, ever in them-
            16       Selves eternal.


6] concent: harmony.

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: Thomas Campion, Observations in the Art of English Poesy (London, 1602.) Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar Press, 1968. PE 1504 C3 1602A Robarts Library
First publication date: 1602
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.250; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/6

Rhyme: unrhyming

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