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Song: ‘Would you know what’s soft?’

By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)

WOULD you know what’s soft? I dare

Not bring you to the down, or air,

Nor to stars to shew what’s bright,

Nor to snow to teach you white;

Nor, if you would music hear,

Call the orbs to take your ear;

Nor, to please your sense, bring forth

Bruisèd nard, or what’s more worth;

Or on food were your thoughts placed,

Bring you nectar, for a taste:

Would you have all these in one,

Name my mistress, and ’tis done.