Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears,   
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose amorous song she hears,   
Tell her the time is fleeting;
Night-tide and my distress of love
O speak, sweet numbers,
That pity her heart may move
Before she slumbers.

Pale moth, that from the moon doth fly,   
Fickle enchantments weaving,
Night faery, come my lady nigh
When the rich masques are leaving;   
Tell her who lieth still alone
Love is a treasure
Fair as the frail lute’s tone
And perished measure.

  • Robert Fitzgerald, “Song after Campion” from Spring Shade: Poems 1931-1970. Copyright © 1969 by Robert Fitzgerald. Used by the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

  • Source: Spring Shade: Poems 1931-1970 (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1971)

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