by Thomas Campion (1567 - 1620)

Be thou then my Beauty named
Language: English 
Be thou then my Beauty named, 
  Since thy will is to be mine ; 
For by that I am enflamed 
  Which on all alike doth shine ; 
Others may the light admire, 
I only truly feel the fire. 

But if lofty titles move thee, 
  Challenge then a Sovereign's place ; 
Say I honour when I love thee, 
  Let me call thy kindness Grace : 
State and Love things diverse be, 
Yet will we teach them to agree. 

Or if this be not sufficing, 
  Be thou styled my Goddess then : 
I will love thee, sacrificing ; 
  In thine honour hymns I'll pen : 
To be thine, what canst thou more ? 
I'll love thee, serve thee, and adore. 

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This text was added to the website: 2011-04-26
Line count: 18
Word count: 118