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Poem by Samuel Daniel


Are They Shadows


Are they shadows that we see?
And can shadows pleasure give?
Pleasures only shadows be
Cast by bodies we conceive
And are made the things we deem
In those figures which they seem.

But these pleasures vanish fast
Which by shadows are expressed;
Pleasures are not, if they last;
In their passing is their best.
Glory is most bright and gay
In a flash, and so away.

Feed apace then, greedy eyes,
On the wonder you behold;
Take it sudden as it flies,
Though you take it not to hold.
When your eyes have done their part,
Thought must length it in the heart.



Samuel Daniel


Samuel Daniel's other poems:
  1. Delia 36. But Love Whilst that thou Mayst be Loved Again
  2. Delia 31. Look, Delia, how We 'steem the Half-blown Rose
  3. Delia 1. Unto the Bboundless Ocean of thy Beauty
  4. Delia 6. Fair is my Love, and Cruel as She's Fair
  5. Delia 46. Let Others Sing of Knights and Paladins


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