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Featured Poem: Devotion by Thomas Campion

Written by Lisa Spurgin, 10th June 2013

This week's Featured Poem is a choice offered by Victoria Clarke, The Reader Organisation’s Reading and Wellbeing Library Development Officer in Leasowe, Wirral, from Thomas Campion. A good choice to get the new week off to a positive start, chasing away unhappy shadows (hopefully the sun is still high in the sky too...)


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 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 scorched thee
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;
And this the black unhappy shade divineth.

Follow still, since so thy fates ordained!
The sun must have his shade,
Till both at once do fade,--
The sun still proud, the shadow still disdained.

Thomas Campion

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