Court Masques: Jacobean and Caroline Entertainments, 1605-1640

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BEN JONSON


Love's Welcome at Bolsover

Love's Welcome.
The King and Queen's Entertainment
At Bolsover, at the Earl of Newcastle's,
The thirtieth of July, 1634.


THE SONG AT THE BANQUET
SUNG BY TWO TENORS AND A BASS

CHORUS If Love be called a lifting of the sense
To knowledge of that pure intelligence
Wherein the soul hath rest and residence,˚

1 TENOR When were the senses in such order placed?˚

2 TENOR The sight, the hearing, smelling, touching, taste, 5 All at one banquet?

BASS Would it ever last!

1 TENOR We wish the same. Who set it forth thus?

BASS Love!

2 TENOR But to what end, or to what object?

BASS Love!

1 TENOR Doth Love then feast itself?

BASS Love will feast Love!˚

2 TENOR You make of Love a riddle or a chain, 10 A circle, a mere knot: untie't again.

BASS Love is a circle, both the first and last
Of all our actions, and his knot's too fast.

1 TENOR A true-love knot will hardly be untied,
And if it could, who would this pair divide? 15

BASS God made them such, and Love;

1 TENOR Who is a ring,
The likest to the year of any thing,

2 TENOR And runs into itself.

BASS Then let us sing,
And run into one sound.

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