Rose-Cheekt Lawra

by Thomas Campion

  Rose-cheekt Lawra, come, 
Sing thou smoothly with thy beawty’s 
Silent musick, either other 
      Sweetely gracing. 
  Lovely forms do flowe         
From concent devinely framed: 
Heav’n is musick, and thy beawties 
      Birth is heavenly. 
  These dull notes we sing 
Discords neede for helps to grace them;  
Only beawty purely loving 
      Knowes no discord; 
  But still mooves delight, 
Like cleare springs reneu’d by flowing, 
Ever perfect, ever in them-  
      selves eternall.


From Observations in the Art of English Poesie (1602)
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