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

John Cleveland (1613–1658)

To the Memory of Ben Jonson

THE MUSE’S fairest light in no dark time,

The wonder of a learnèd age; the line

Which none can pass! the most proportioned wit,—

To nature, the best judge of what was fit;

The deepest, plainest, highest, clearest pen;

The voice most echoed by consenting men;

The soul which answered best to all well said

By others, and which most requital made;

Tuned to the highest key of ancient Rome,

Returning all her music with his own;

In whom, with nature, study claimed a part,

And yet who to himself owed all his art:

Here lies Ben Jonson! every age will look

With sorrow here, with wonder on his book.