And clouds their storms discharge

Thomas Campion was born in February of 1567, as winter was heading towards spring. He  was an English composer, poet, and physician.

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.
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,
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.

Published on Apr 14, 2015 – Live concert “Requiem for Pink Moon”, An Elizabethan Tribute to Nick Drake (1948-74). This arrangement of Campion’s “Never weather-beaten saile” flows directly into Nick Drake’s “Horn” (a reprise in the program–quicker this time) and then moves to a portion of the Mass for the Dead, the Requiem.”

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