Winter Nights, by Thomas Campion

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Winter Nights, by Thomas Campion

Now winter nights enlarge
The number of their hours,
And clouds their storms discharge
Upon the airy towers.
Let now the chimneys blaze,
And cups o’erflow with wine;
Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine.
Now yellow waxen lights
Shall wait on honey love,
While youthful revels, masques, and courtly sights
Sleep’s leaden spells remove.

This time doth well dispense
With lovers’ long discourse;
Much speech hath some defence,
Though beauty no remorse.
All do not all things well;
Some measures comely tread,
Some knotted riddles tell,
Some poems smoothly read.
The summer hath his joys
And winter his delights;
Though love and all his pleasures are but toys,
They shorten tedious nights.

Here is a recording of the poem, read for Librivox by Clarica.

More poetry.

~ by lolarusa on December 1, 2008.

One Response to “Winter Nights, by Thomas Campion”

  1. we’re right in step with Mr. Campion, watching much more TV lately than in the sunnier seasons.

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