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A BOOK OF AIRS: SONG 6. CORRINA, by             Poem Explanation     Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: When to her lute corinna sings
Last Line: Even from my heart the strings do break.
Variant Title(s): Of Corina's Singing
Subject(s): Lutes; Passion; Singing & Singers; Songs

WHEN to her lute Corinna sings,
Her voice revives the leaden strings,
And doth in highest notes appear,
As any challenged echo clear;
But when she doth of mourning speak,
Even with her sighs the strings do break.

And as her lute doth live or die,
Led by her passion, so must I,
For when of pleasure she doth sing,
My thoughts enjoy a sudden spring,
But if she doth of sorrow speak,
Even from my heart the strings do break.

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