"I care not for these ladies"

by
Thomas Campion


   1   I care not for these ladies,
2. prayed: entreated.
   2   That must be wooed and prayed:
3. kind: natural; kindly.
   3   Give me kind Amarillis,
4. wanton: carefree; lustful.
   4   The wanton country maid.
5. Nature art disdaineth: nature disdains art. —Campion has in mind the art of applying cosmetics.
   5   Nature art disdaineth,
   6   Her beauty is her own,
   7      Her when we court and kiss,
   8      She cries, “Forsooth, let go!”
   9      But when we come where comfort is,
  10      She never will say “No!”

  11   If I love Amarillis,
  12   She gives me fruit and flowers:
  13   But if we love these ladies,
  14   We must give golden showers.
  15   Give them gold, that sell love,
  16   Give me the nut-brown lass,
  17      Who, when we court and kiss,
  18      She cries, “Forsooth, let go!”
  19      But when we come where comfort is,
  20      She never will say “No!”

  21   These ladies must have pillows,
  22   And beds by strangers wrought;
  23   Give me a bower of willows,
  24   Of moss and leaves unbought,
  25   And fresh Amarillis,
  26   With milk and honey fed;
  27      Who, when we court and kiss,
  28      She cries, “Forsooth, let go!”
  29      But when we come where comfort is,
  30      She never will say “No!”