Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount

By Ben Jonson 1572–1637 Ben Jonson
   Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt tears;
   Yet slower, yet, O faintly, gentle springs!
   List to the heavy part the music bears,
   Woe weeps out her division, when she sings.
       Droop herbs and flowers;
       Fall grief in showers;
       Our beauties are not ours.
               O, I could still,
   Like melting snow upon some craggy hill,
       Drop, drop, drop, drop,
Since nature’s pride is now a withered daffodil.

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Poet Ben Jonson 1572–1637


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Love, Heartache & Loss

 Ben  Jonson


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 Love, Heartache & Loss


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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