Favourite Poems XLIII

Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Now winter nights enlarge
The 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.
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 defence,
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 (1617)

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  1. #1 by Knot Telling on Monday 05 December 2011 - 0137

    I’m not quite sure why, but this beautiful poem reminded of this snippet from Coventry Patmore (19th c.):

    I, singularly moved
    To love the lovely that are not beloved,
    Of all the Seasons, most
    Love Winter.

  2. #2 by Penelope Rock on Tuesday 20 December 2011 - 0158

    “The summer hath his joys
    And winter his delights”

    Love these verse. Reminds me of the famous verse from the Bible that “everything on earth has it’s own time and it’s own season….and God made these seasons beautiful.” Actually we just don’t have eyes to see the beauty of some of the seasons. However, this poem could see the beauty of summer as well as winter, eh.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Peny@Mother Robin Lim: 2011 CNN Hero of the Year

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