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Cupid and Campaspe  (1584) 
by John Lyly
from Campaspe, 1584


Cupid and my Campaspe play'dEdit

Cupid campaspe

Cupid and Campaspe. Print by Joseph Strutt, after Thomas Stoddard; published by Mary Ryland, 1790. Courtesy British Museum.

Cupid and Campaspe by John Lyly

Cupid and Campaspe by John Lyly. Clarica Poetry Moment POEM


Cupid and my Campaspe play'd
At cards for kisses – Cupid paid:
He stakes his quiver, bow and arrows,
His mother's doves, and team of sparrows;
Loses them too; then down he throws
The coral of his lip, the rose
Growing on's cheek (but none knows how);
With these, the crystal of his brow,
And then the dimple of his chin:
All these did my Campaspe win.
At last he set her both his eyes,
She won, and Cupid blind did rise.
O Love! has she done this to thee?
What shall (alas!) become of me?

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This poem is in the public domain