Now winter nights enlarge The number of their hours, And clouds their storms discharge Upon the airy towers; Let now the chimneys blaze And cups o'erflow with wine, Let well-tuned [words]1 amaze With harmony divine. Now yellow waxen lights Shall wait on honey Love, While youthful Revels, [Masques]2, and Courtly sights, Sleep's leaden spells remove. This time doth well dispense With lover's long discourse; Much speech hath some defense, Though beauty no remorse. all do not all things well: Some measures comely tread, Some knotted Riddles tell, Some Poems smoothly read, The Summer hath his joys, And winter his delights; Though Love and all his pleasures are but toys, They shorten tedious [nights]3.
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1 Holmes: "works"
2 Holmes: "Masks"
3 P. Moore: "night"
- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gerald Busby (b. 1935), "Winter nights" [baritone and piano] [text not verified]
- by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620), "Now winter nights enlarge", published 1617, from the collection The Third and Fourth Booke of Ayres - The Third Booke, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
- by Dirk Hol , "Now winter nights enlarge", 1988, from Four songs on poems by Thomas Campion, no. 4. [text not verified]
- by Brian Holmes (b. 1946), "Now winter nights enlarge", from Six Ayres, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
- by Philip Moore (b. 1943), "Winter nights" [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Brian Holmes
This text was added to the website: 2004-08-14
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