2126 - Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Now winter nights enlarge    
This 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 amaze     
With harmony divine.
Now yellow waxen lights     
Shall wait on honey love 
While youthful revels, masques, and courtly sights     
Sleep's leaden spells remove. 

This time doth well dispense     
With lovers' 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.
(Thomas Campion)


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