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Poem by Ben Jonson


The Shadow


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
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.
Say, are not women truly then
Styled but the shadows of us men? 



Ben Jonson


Ben Jonson's other poems:
  1. A Hymn to God the Father
  2. Venus' Runaway
  3. The Noble Balm
  4. Living By
  5. Porth Ceiriad Bay


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Amy Lowell The Shadow ("Paul Jannes was working very late")

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