1659 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, "An Epitaph on Ben. Johnson" J. Cleaveland Revived (1659) 55-56.



The Muses fairest light in no dark time,
The wonder of a learned age; the line
Which 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 requital made,
Tun'd to the highest key of ancient Rome,
Returning all her Musick with his own,
In whom with nature study claim'd apart,
Yet who unto himself ow'd all this Art:
Here lies Ben. Johnson, every age will look
With sorrow here, with wonder on his book.