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Follow Thy Fair Sun

Campion, Thomas (1567 - 1620)
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.

  • N. J. Endicott
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Ad Non Conscriptum

Weir, Robert Stanley (1856 - 1926)
2But for the shame of it,
3You crossed the sea.
4Knowing the need of men,
5You of the breed of men,
7    Cried out: Send me.
8Not for this land alone,
9Or King's command alone,
10You bore your part.
11Hearing the shout of France,
12You sped like knight with lance
13For maid's deliverance:
14    You, great of heart.


1] "To those who were not conscripted" (required to fight -- in World War I). Back to Line
6] Recking: heeding. rede: counsel. Back to Line

  • Ian Lancashire
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