When Thou Must Home to Shades of Underground

Original Text: 
Thomas Morley, The first booke of ayres. Or little short songs, to sing and play to the lute, with the base viole ([H. Ballard for] W. Barley, the assign of T. Morley, 1600). STC 18115.5.
2And there arriv'd, a new admired guest,
3The beauteous spirits do engirt thee round,
5To hear the stories of thy finish'd love
6From that smooth tongue whose music hell can move;
7Then wilt thou speak of banqueting delights,
8Of masques and revels which sweet youth did make,
9Of tourneys and great challenges of knights,
10And all these triumphs for thy beauty's sake:
11When thou hast told these honours done to thee,
12Then tell, O tell, how thou didst murder me.


1] Campion wrote all the lyrics and half of the musical settings to be published in A Book of Airs, 1601. Back to Line
4] Iope: one of the wives of Theseus.
Helen: Helen of Troy. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.152.