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TETHYS' FESTIVAL: SHADOWS, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Are they shadows that we see
Last Line: Thought must length it in the heart.
Variant Title(s): Eidola
Subject(s): 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.

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