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