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    This HTML etext of "Two Bookes of Ayres" (n.d. [c.1613] !y Tho#s$#%ion& w#s cre#ted in '#n#ry )**+ !y Anniin# 'okinen of Lin#ri.

    ,orce text$#%ion& Tho#s. Two Bookes of Ayres.,ons #nd M#s/es. A. H. B00en& ed.London A. H. B00en& 1*3. 21-2.

    The B00en edition ses oderni4ed s%e00in throhot. To re#d these Airs inthe oriin#0 s%e00in fro the 1* 5erci#0 7ii#n edition& #nd to he#r the son#dio fi0es& isit the Lin#ri 8orks of Tho#s $#%ion %#e.

    9or o%ti#0 iewin (#0thoh the e-text wi00 work fine withot the& yo #ywish down0o#d the free fonts

    Tho#s 5#ine',L Ancient

    This edition is #de ##i0#!0e to the %!0ic for non%rofit %r%oses on0y. :t is notre%resented !y the %!0isher #s # scho0#r0y edition in the %eer-reiewed sense.;ni/e site content is co%yriht

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    H ? ? 7 = A B L @& B ? T H

    in Birth #nd 7erte& 9 = A $ : ,& @#r0e

    of $ 7 M B @ = L A C.

    HAT %#tron co0d : choose& re#t Lord& !t yoD r#e words yor e#rs #y ch#00ene #s their own And eery note of sic is yor de&

    8hose hose the MsesE 5#0#ce : h#e known.

    To 0oe #nd cherish the& thoh it descends 8ith #ny honors ore on yo& in #in5recedin f#e herein with yo contends& 8ho h#e !oth fed the Mses #nd their tr#in.

    These 0e#es : offer yo& Ceotion iht

    Herse0f 0#y o%en. =e#d the& or e0se he#rHow r#e0y& with their tnes& they yie0d de0iht To #ny irtos #nd not crios e#r ,ch #s they #re& #cce%t the& no!0e Lord :f !etter& !etter co0d y 4e#0 #fford.

    For HonorEs&

    T H ? M A , $ A M 5 : A .

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    T ? T H @ = @ A C @ =.

    ;T of #ny sons which& %#rt0y #t the re/est of friends& %#rt0y for y ownrecre#tion& were !y e 0on since co%osed& : h#e now enfr#nchised # fewGsendin the forth diided& #ccordin to their different s!ect& into seer#0!ooks. The first #re r#e #nd %ios the second& #oros #nd 0iht. 9or he

    th#t in %!0ishin #ny work h#th # desire to content #00 %#0#tes& st c#ter forthe #ccordin0y.

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    on oni!s nest Iod %0#cet& hic s%in#s co00iit& i00e ros#s.

    These #irs were for the ost %#rt fr#ed #t first for one oice with the 0teor io0 !t %on occ#sion they h#e since !een fi00ed with ore %#rts& whichwhoso %0e#se #y se& who 0ike not #y 0e#e. Fet do we d#i0y o!sere th#twhen #ny sh#00 sin # tre!0e to #n instrent& the st#nders !y wi00 !e offerin #t#n inw#rd %#rt ot of their own n#re G #nd tre or f#0se& ot it st& thoh tothe %erertin of the who0e h#rony. A0so& if we consider we00& the tre!0etnes (which #re with s& coon0y c#00ed Airs #re !t tenors onted eihtnotes hiher G #nd therefore #n inw#rd %#rt st needs we00 !ecoe the&sch #s #y t#ke % the who0e dist#nce of the di#%#son& #nd fi00 % the #%in!etween the two extree %#rts where!y thoh they #re not three %#rts in

    %erfection& yet they yie0d # sweetness #nd content !oth to the e#r #nd ind Gwhich is the #i #nd %erfection of Msic. ,hort #irs& if they !e ski00f00y fr#ed& #nd n#tr#00y ex%ressed& #re 0ike /ick#nd ood e%ir#s in %oesy #ny of the showin #s ch #rtifice& #nd!reedin #s re#t diffic0ty #s # 0#rer %oe. on oni# %osss ones&s#id the =o#n e%ic %oet. Bt soe there #re who #dit on0y 9rench or:t#0i#n #irsG #s if eery contry h#d not his %ro%er #ir& which the %eo%0e thereofn#tr#00y sr% in their sic. ?thers t#ste nothin th#t coes forth in %rint G#s if $#t00s or M#rti#0Es @%ir#s were the worse for !ein %!0ished. :n these @n0ish #irs& : h#e chief0y #ied to co%0e y words #nd notes0oin0y toether G which wi00 !e ch for hi to do th#t h#th not %ower oer!oth. The 0iht of this& wi00 !est #%%e#r to hi who h#th %#ysed oronosy00#!0es #nd sy00#!0es co!ined !oth of which& #re so 0o#ded withconson#nts& #s th#t they wi00 h#rd0y kee% co%#ny with swift notes& or ie theowe0 conenient 0i!erty. To conc0de G y own o%inion of these sons : de0ier ths

    ?ni# nec nostris !on# snt& sed nec #0# 0i!ris G ,i %0#cet h#c c#ntes& h#c /o/e 0ee 0e#s.9#rewe00.

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    :

    Athor of 0iht& reie y dyin s%riteJ=edee it fro the sn#res of #00-confondin niht G Lord& 0iht e to Thy !0essed w#y&

    9or !0ind with wor0d0y #in desires& : w#nder #s # str#y.,n #nd oon& st#rs #nd nder-0ihts : see GBt #00 their 0orios !e#s #re ists #nd d#rkness&

    !ein co%#rEd to thee.

    9ont#in of he#0th& y so0Es dee% wonds recreJ,weet showers of %ity r#in& w#sh y nc0e#nness %re ?ne dro% of Thy desired r#ceThe f#int #nd f#din he#rt c#n r#ise& #nd in oyEs

    !oso %0#ce. 1* ,in #nd de#th& he00 #nd te%tin fiends #y r#e&

    Bt od His own wi00 #rd& #nd their sh#r% %#ins#nd rief in tie #ss#e.

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    The #n of 0ife %riht&8hose cheerf0 ind is free

    9ro weiht of i%ios deeds& And yoke of #nity G

    The #n whose si0ent d#yes :n h#re0ess oys #re s%ent&8ho ho%es c#nnot de0de or sorrows discontent G

    Th#t #n needs neither towers&or #ror for defence& 1*

    or #0ts his i0t to shrod

    9ro thnderEs io0ence G

    He on0y c#n !eho0d 8ith n#ffrihted eyesThe horrors of the dee% And terrors of the skies G

    Ths& scornin #00 the c#res Th#t f#te or fortne !rins&His !ooke the he#ens he #kes& His wisedo he#en0y thins G )*

    ood thohts his srest friends&

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    His we#0th # we00-s%ent #e&The e#rth his so!er inn And /iet %i0ri#e.

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    8here #re #00 thy !e#ties now& #00 he#rts ench#inin D8hither #re thy f0#tterers one with #00 their feinin DA00 f0ed J #nd tho #0one sti00 here re#ininJ

    Thy rich st#te of twisted o0d to !#ys is trnedJ$o0d& #s tho #rt& #re thy 0oes& th#t so ch !rnedJ

    8ho die in f0#tterersE #rs #re se0do orned.

    Fet& in s%ite of eny& this !e sti00 %roc0#ied&Th#t none worthier th#n thyse0f thy worth h#th !0#ed G8hen their %oor n#es #re 0ost& tho sh#0t 0ie f#ed.

    8hen thy story& 0on tie hence& sh#00 !e %ersed& 1*Let the !0eish of thy r0e !e ths excsed&" one eer 0ied ore st& none ore #!sed."

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    ?t of y so0Es de%th to Thee y cries h#e sonded Let Thine e#rs y %0#ints receie& on st fe#r ronded.Lord& sho0dst Tho weih or f#0ts& whoEs not confondedD

    Bt with r#ce Tho censrEst Thine when they h#e erred&Therefore sh#00 Thy !0essed #e !e 0oed #nd fe#red.

    @en to Thy throne y thohts #nd eyes #re re#red.

    Thee #0one y ho%es #ttend& on Thee re0yin G:n Thy s#cred word :E00 trst& to Thee f#st f0yin&Lon ere the w#tch sh#00 !re#k& the orn descryin.

    :n the ercies of or od who 0ie secred& 1*M#y of f00 rede%tion rest in Hi #ssred GTheir sin-sick so0s !y Hi sh#00 !e recred.

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    7iew e& Lord& # work of Thine ,h#00 : then 0i drowne in nihtDMiht Ty r#ce in e !t shine&

    : sho0d see #de #00 of 0iht.

    Bt y so0 sti00 srfeis so?n the %oioned !#its of sin&Th#t : str#ne #nd 0y row&A00 is d#rk #nd fo0 within.

    $0e#nse e& Lord& th#t : #y knee0At Thine #0t#r& %re #nd white 1*They th#t once Thy ercies fee0e no ore on e#rthEs de0iht.

    8or0d0y oys& 0ike sh#dows& f#de8hen the he#en0y 0iht #%%e#rs GBt the coen#nts Tho h#st #de&@nd0ess& know nor d#ys nor ye#rs.

    :n Thy 8ord& Lord& is y trst&To Thy ercies f#st : f0y GThoh : # !t c0#y #nd dst&Fet Thy r#ce c#n 0ift e hih. )*

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    Br#e0y decked& coe forth& !riht d#y JThine hors with roses strew thy w#y& As they we00 ree!er.Tho receied sh#0t !e with fe#sts $oe& chiefest of the British ests&

    Tho 9ifth of oe!er JTho with tri%h sh#0t exceed :n the strictest @!er G9or !y thy retrn the Lord records His !0essed deed.Britons& fro0ic #t yor !o#rd J 1*Bt first sin %r#ises to the Lord :n yor $onre#tions&He %resered yor ,t#te #0one&His 0oin r#ce h#th #de yo one ?f His chosen n#tions.Bt this 0iht st h#00owed !e

    8ith yor !est o!0#tions G5r#ise the LordJ for on0y re#t #nd ercif0 is He.

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    Ce#th h#d entered in the #te&And =in w#s cre%t ne#r the ,t#te G )* Bt He#en #00 ree#0ed.9iery %owder he00 did #ke

    8hich& re#dy 0on the f0#e to t#ke& L#y in sh#de conce#0ed.od s he0%ed& of His free r#ce one to Hi #%%e#0ed G9or none w#s so !#d to fe#r the tre#son or the %0#ce.

    od His %e#cef0 on#rch chose&To hi the ist He did disc0ose& To hi& #nd none other 3*This He did& ? in& for thee&Th#t tho thine own renown ihtEst see&

    8hich no tie c#n sother.M#y !0est $h#r0es& thy cofort !e& 9irer th#n his Brother M#y his he#rt the 0oe of %e#ce #nd wisedo 0e#rn fro thee J

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    To sic !ent& is y retired ind&And f#in wo0d : soe son of %0e#sre sin GBt in #in oys no cofort now : find&9ro he#en0y thohts& #00 tre de0iht doth s%rin Thy %ower& ? od& Thy ercies& to record&8i00 sweeten eery note #nd eery word.

    A00 e#rth0y %o% or !e#ty to ex%ress&:s !t to c#re in snow& on w#es to write G$e0esti#0 thins& thoh en conceie the 0ess