Thomas Schall - Lauten

Edmund Waller (1607-1687)

On My Lady Isabella Playing on the Lute
Such moving sounds, from such a careless touch,
So unconcern'd her self, and we so much
What Art is this, that with so little Pains
Transports us thus, and o'er our Spirits reigns
The trembling Strings about her Fingers crowd
And tell their Joy for ev'ry Kiss aloud:
Small Force there needs to make them tremble so;
Touch'd by that Hand who would not tremble too?

Here Love takes stand, and while she charms the Ear
Empties his Quiver on the list'ning Deer;
Musick so softens and disarms the Mind,
That not an Arrow does Resistance find.
Thus the fair Tyrant Celebrates the Prize,
And acts her self the Triumph of her Eyes.
So Nero once, with Harp in hand, survey'd
His Flaming Rome, and as it Brnt he Play'd