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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Music Bent Is My Retired Mind
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 
TO 1 music bent is my retired mind
And fain would I some song of pleasure sing,
But in vain joys no comfort now I find;
From heavenly thoughts all true delight doth spring:
Thy power, O God, Thy mercies to record,        5
Will sweeten every note and every word.
 
All earthly pomp or beauty to express
Is but to carve in snow, in waves to write;
Celestial things, though men conceive them less,
Yet fullest are they in themselves of light:        10
Such beams they yield as know no means to die,
Such heat they cast as lifts the spirit high.
 
Note 1. From Campion’s Two Books of Airs, 1613. [back]
 
 
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