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Thomas Campion (1567–1620)

In Imagine Pertransit Homo

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!

Though here thou livest 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,

As thou still black must be

Till her kind beams thy black to brightness turneth.

Follow her while yet her glory shineth!

There comes a luckless night

That will dim all her light;—

And this the black unhappy shadow divineth.

Follow still, since so thy fates ordainèd!

The sun must have his shade,

Till both at once do fade,—

The sun still proved, the shadow still disdainèd.