Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H.

By Ben Jonson 1572–1637 Ben Jonson
Wouldst thou hear what man can say
In a little? Reader, stay.
Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die;
Which in life did harbour give
To more virtue than doth live.
If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth,
Th' other let it sleep with death:
Fitter, where it died to tell,
Than that it liv'd at all. Farewell.

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Poet Ben Jonson 1572–1637

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

Poetic Terms Epigram, Elegy, Couplet

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Ben Jonson’s “Song to Celia” is known to millions as “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes.” Jonson was educated at the prestigious Westminster School in London. He took up acting, and by 1597 he was writing original plays. Jonson’s first widely acclaimed play, Every Man in His Humour, included William Shakespeare in its cast.

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Epigram, Elegy, Couplet

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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