- Author: Samuel Daniel (1563-1619)
- Title: ‘Are They Shadows’
- Year: 1610
- Pic: Paul Strand, New York, Negative 1915; print 1916. J. Paul Getty Museum
“Are they shadows that we see?And can shadows pleasure give?Pleasures only shadows beCast by bodies we conceiveAnd are made the things we deemIn those figures which they seem.
But these pleasures vanish fastWhich by shadows are expressed;Pleasures are not, if they last;In their passing is their best.Glory is most bright and gayIn 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.”