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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
A Hymn in Praise of Neptune
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
OF 1 Neptune’s empire let us sing,
At whose command the waves obey;
To whom the rivers tribute pay,
Down the high mountains sliding:
To whom the scaly nation yields        5
Homage for the crystal fields
    Wherein they dwell:
And every sea-god pays a gem
Yearly out of his wat’ry cell
To deck great Neptune’s diadem.        10
 
The Tritons dancing in a ring
Before his palace gates do make
The waters with their echoes quake,
Like the great thunder sounding:
The sea-nymphs chant their accents shrill,        15
And the sirens, taught to kill
    With their sweet voice,
Make ev’ry echoing rock reply
Unto their gentle murmuring noise
The praise of Neptune’s empery.        20
 
Note 1. This poem of Campion’s was printed in Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody, 1602, with the explanation: “This Hymn was sung by Amphitrite, Thamesis, and other Sea-Nymphs, in Gray’s Inn Masque, at the Court, 1594.” See Bullen’s ed. of Rhapsody, Vol. II., pp. 107–8. [back]
 
 
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