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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

A Hymn in Praise of Neptune

By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)

OF Neptune’s empire let us sing,

At whose command the waves obey;

To whom the rivers tribute pay,

Down the high mountains sliding;

To whom the scaly nation yields

Homage for the crystal fields

Wherein they dwell;

And every sea-god pays a gem

Yearly out of his wat’ry cell,

To deck great Neptune’s diadem.

The Tritons dancing in a ring

Before his palace gates do make

The water with their echoes quake,

Like the great thunder sounding:

The sea-nymphs chant their accents shrill,

And the Syrens, taught to kill

With their sweet voice,

Make every echoing rock reply,

Unto their gentle murmuring noise,

The praise of Neptune’s empery.