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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Thomas Campion. 1567?–1619
170. Devotion
FOLLOW thy fair sun, unhappy shadow! 
  Though thou be black as night, 
  And she made all of light, 
Yet follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow! 
Follow her, whose light thy light depriveth!         5
  Though here thou liv'st disgraced, 
  And she in heaven is placed, 
Yet follow her whose light the world reviveth! 
Follow those pure beams, whose beauty burneth! 
  That so have scorchèd thee  10
  As thou still black must be, 
Till her kind beams thy black so brightness turneth. 
Follow her, while yet her glory shineth! 
  There comes a luckless night 
  That will dim all her light;  15
And this the black unhappy shade divineth. 
Follow still, since so thy fates ordainèd! 
  The sun must have his shade, 
  Till both at once do fade,— 
The sun still proud, the shadow still disdained.  20
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