Epigrams: On my First Son
Ben Jonson, The workes of Benjamin Jonson (London: Will Stansby, 1616). STC 14751.
2My sin was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy.
4Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
5O, could I lose all father now! For why
6Will man lament the state he should envy?
7To have so soon 'scap'd world's and flesh's rage,
8And if no other misery, yet age?
9Rest in soft peace, and, ask'd, say, "Here doth lie
10Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry."
11For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such,
12As what he loves may never like too much.
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F. D. Hoeniger