Rose-Cheeked Laura

By Thomas Campion 1567–1620 Thomas Campion
   Rose-cheek'd Laura, come,
Sing thou smoothly with thy beauty's
Silent music, either other
          Sweetly gracing.

   Lovely forms do flow
From concent divinely framed;
Heav'n is music, and thy beauty's
          Birth is heavenly.

   These dull notes we sing
Discords need for helps to grace them;
Only beauty purely loving
          Knows no discord,

But still moves delight,
Like clear springs renew'd by flowing,
Ever perfect, ever in them-
          Selves eternal.

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Poet Thomas Campion 1567–1620

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Music, Love, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Romantic Love

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Thomas Campion's importance for nondramatic literature of the English Renaissance lies in the exceptional intimacy of the musical-poetic connection in his work. While other poets and musicians talked about the union of the two arts, only Campion produced complete songs wholly of his own composition, and only he wrote lyric poetry of enduring literary value whose very construction is deeply etched with the poet's care for its . . .

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SUBJECT Music, Love, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Romantic Love

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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