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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song—That Women are but Men’s Shadows
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
FOLLOW a shadow, it still flies you,
  Seem to fly it, it will pursue:
So court a mistress, she denies you;
  Let her alone, she will court you.
Say, are not women truly, then,        5
Styled but the shadows of us men?
 
At morn and even shades are longest;
  At noon they are or short or none:
So men at weakest, they are strongest,
  But grant us perfect, they’re not known.        10
Say, are not women truly, then,
Styled but the shadows of us men?
 
 
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