I care not for these ladies (Thomas Campion)

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  • CPDL #26022:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 11 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: tune plus bass. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: I care not for these ladies
Composer: Thomas Campion

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Medium voice
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 

  1. 3 in A Book of Ayres for the Lute, Bass Viol and Voice 1601

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Original text and translations

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I care not for these ladies
That must be wooed and prayed:
Give me kind Amarillis,
The wanton country maid.
Nature art disdaineth;
her beauty is her own.
Her, when we court and kiss,
She cries, forsooth, let go,
But when we come where comfort is,
She never will say no.

If I love Amarillis,
She gives me fruit and flowers:
But if we love these ladies,
We must give golden showers.
Give them gold that sell love;
give me the nut-brown lass,
Who when we court and kiss,
She cries, forsooth, let go,
But when we come where comfort is,
She never will say no.

These ladies must have pillows,
And beds by strangers wrought:
Give me a bower of willows,
Of moss and leaves unbought,
And fresh Amarillis,
with milk and honey fed,
Who when we court and kiss,
She cries, forsooth, let go,
But when we come where comfort is,
She never will say no.