Thomas Campion

English composer, poet and physician

Thomas Campion (sometimes Campian) (February 12, 1567March 1, 1620) was an English composer, poet and physician.


  • I care not for these ladies,
    That must be wooed and prayed;
    Give me kind Amaryllis,
    The wanton country maid.
    Nature art disdaineth;
    Her beauty is her own.
    • I Care Not for These Ladies (1601), reported in Arthur Henry Bullen, More lyrics from the song-books of the Elizabethan Age (1888), p. 48.
  • Plead, Sleep, my cause, and make her soft like thee,
    That she in peace may wake and pity me.
    • Sleep, Angry Beauty
  • Shall I come, sweet Love, to thee,
    When the ev'ning beams are set?
    • Shall I Come, Sweet Love, to Thee?
  • The man whose silent days
    In harmless joys are spent,
    Whom hopes cannot delude,
    Nor sorrow discontent:

    That man needs neither towers
    Nor armour for defence,
    Nor secret vaults to fly
    From thunder's violence.

    • The Man of Life Upright
  • There is a garden in her face
    Where roses and white lilies blow;
    A heavenly paradise is that place,
    Wherein all pleasant fruits do grow;
    There cherries grow that none may buy,
    Till Cherry-Ripe themselves do cry.
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