Arise, my thoughts, and mount you with the sun, Call all the winds to make you speedy wings, And to my fairest Maya see you run And weep your last while wantonly she sings; Then if you cannot move her heart to pity, Let Oh, alas, ay me be all your ditty. Arise, my thoughts, no more, if you return Denied of grace which only you desire, But let the sun your wings to ashes burn And melt your passions in his quenchless fire; Yet, if you move fair Maya’s heart to pity, Let smiles and love and kisses be your ditty. Arise, my thoughts, beyond the highest star And gently rest you in fair Maya’s eye, For that is fairer than the brightest are; But, if she frown to see you climb so high, Couch in her lap, and with a moving ditty, Of smiles and love and kisses, beg for pity.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Robert Jones (fl. 1597-1615), "Arise, my thoughts", published 1601, from the collection Second Book of Songs and Airs [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-23
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Word count: 153