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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

On my First Daughter

By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

HERE lies, to each her parents ruth,

Mary, the daughter of their youth;

Yet all heaven’s gifts being heaven’s due,

It makes the father less to rue.

At six months’ end she parted hence

With safety of her innocence;

Whose soul heaven’s Queen, whose name she bears,

In comfort of her mother’s tears,

Hath placed amongst her virgin train:

Where while that, severed, doth remain,

This grave partakes the fleshy birth;

Which cover lightly, gentle earth!