1663 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, "Another on Ben: J." Recreation for Ingenious Head-peeces (1663) sig. O5v.



The Muses fairest light, in no dark time;
The wonder of a learned Age; the line
That none can passe; the most proportion'd wit
To Nature: the best Judge of what was fit:
The deepest, plainest, highest, clearest pen:
The voyce most Eccho'd by consenting men:
The soul which answer'd best to all well said
By others: and which most requitall made:
Tun'd to the highest key of ancient Rome,
Returning all her musick with her own.
In whom with nature, study claim'd a part,
And yet who to himselfe ow'd all his Art;
Here lyes Ben: Johnson, every age will look
With sorrow here, with wonder on his Book.