The King and Queen's Entertainment
At Bolsover, at the Earl of Newcastle's,
The thirtieth of July, 1634.
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?
2 TENOR But to what end, or to what object?
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.