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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Now Winter Nights Enlarge
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
    NOW 1 winter nights enlarge
      The number of their hours,
    And clouds their storms discharge
      Upon the airy towers.
    Let now the chimneys blaze,        5
      And cups o’erflow with wine;
    Let well-tuned words amaze
      With harmony divine.
    Now yellow waxen lights
      Shall wait on honey love,        10
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,        15
      Though beauty no remorse.
    All do not all things well;
      Some measures comely tread,
    Some knotted riddles tell,
      Some poems smoothly read.        20
    The summer hath his joys
      And winter his delights;
Though love and all his pleasures are but toys,
      They shorten tedious nights.
 
Note 1. From Campion’s Third Book of Airs, 1617. “In this collection (Lyrics from Elizabethan Song-Books) where all are good, my favourite is ‘Now winter nights enlarge.’” (Bullen.) [back]
 
 
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