Winter Nights

«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 armony 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 defence,
Thought beauty no remorse.
All do not all things well;
Some measures comely tread,
Some Knotted riddels tell,
Some poems smoothly read.
The summer hath his joys,
And winter his delights;
Thought love and all his pleasures are but toys,
They shorten tedious nights. »

Thomas Campion