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Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

Follow Thy Fair Sun


              1  Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow;
              2      Though thou be black as night,
              3      And she made all of light,
              4Yet follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow.

              5  Follow her, whose light thy light depriveth;
              6      Though here thou liv'st disgrac'd,
              7      And she in heaven is plac'd,
              8Yet follow her whose light the world reviveth.

              9  Follow those pure beams, whose beauty burneth;
            10      That so have scorched thee,
            11      As thou still black must be,
            12Till her kind beams thy black to brightness turneth.

            13  Follow her, while yet her glory shineth;
            14      There comes a luckless night
            15      That will dim all her light;
            16And this the black unhappy shade divineth.

            17  Follow still, since so thy fates ordained;
            18      The sun must have his shade,
            19      Till both at once do fade,
            20The sun still proud, the shadow still disdained.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Philip Rosseter, A booke of ayres (London: Peter Short, 1601). STC 21332.
First publication date: 1601
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.249; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/6

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abba


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