by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620)

Think'st thou to seduce me then
Language: English 
Think'st thou to seduce me then with words that have no meaning?
Parats so can learne to prate our speech by pieces gleaning.
Nurses teach their children so, about the time of weaning.

Lerne to speake first, then to wooe, to wooing much pertayneth:
Hee that courts us wanting Arte, soon falters when he faineth:
Lookes a-squint on his discourse, and smiles when he complaineth.

Skilfull Anglers hide their hookes, fit bytes for every season;
But with crooked pins fish thou, as babes that doe wnmat reason,
Gogoins[gudgeons] onely can be csught with such poore triches of treason.

Ruth forgive me if I err'd from human hearts compassion,
When I laught sometimes too much to see thy foolish fashion:
But alas, who lesse could doe that found so good occasion?


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  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by William Corkine.

Researcher for this text: Linda Godry

This text was added to the website: 2006-12-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 130