Thomas Campion: Thomas Campion: Latin Poetry

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  • Roy Booth (Royal Holloway, University of London)

“His self neglects these light fruits as superfluous blossoms of his deeper Studies”, said Campion’s collaborator Philip Rosseter of Campion’s contributions to the book of ayres they published in 1601 (Davis, p.14). This essay will look at some of those “deeper Studies”, but as Rosseter’s comment suggests an organic connection to the lyrics in English, reference will also be made to them.

Tres novit, Labiene, Phoebus artes,
Ut narrant veteres sophi; peraeque
Quas omnes colui, colamque semper:
Nunc omnes quoque musicum, et poetam
Agnoscunt, medicumque Campianum.

In Latin, the early modern poet talked more freely about himself: here in this epigram (Book I, no.…

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Booth, Roy. "Thomas Campion: Latin Poetry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 November 2013
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

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