Ben Jonson Quotes

'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.
Ben Jonson (c. 1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. repr. In The Complete Plays, vol. 2, ed. G.A. Wilkes (1981). Julia, in The Poetaster, act 2, sc. 2, l. 179-80 (performed 1601, published 1616).
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A new disease? I know not, new or old, But it may well be called poor mortals' plague: For, like a pestilence, it doth infect The houses of the brain ... Till not a thought, or motion, in the mind, Be free from the black poison of suspect.
Ben Jonson (c. 1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. repr. In The Complete Plays, vol. 1, ed. G.A. Wilkes, 1981). Kitely, in Every Man in His Humour, act 2, sc. 3, l. 55-67 (performed 1598, published 1616).
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O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, Or make the sun forget his motion!
Ben Jonson (c. 1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. repr. In The Complete Plays, ed. G.A. Wilkes (1981-1982). Lady Frampul, in The New Inn, act 4, sc. 3 (1629).
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We are persons of quality, I assure you, and women of fashion, and come to see and to be seen.
Ben Jonson (c. 1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. repr. In The Complete Plays, vol. 2, ed. G.A. Wilkes (1981). Mirth, in The Staple of News, "Induction," l. 8-10 (1626). See Ovid on fashion.
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I now thinke, Love is rather deafe, than blind, For else it could not be, That she, Whom I adore so much, should so slight me, And cast my love behind: I'm sure my language to her, was as sweet, And every close did meet In sentence, of as subtile feet, As hath the youngest Hee,
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. My Picture Left in Scotland (l. 1-9). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Come leave the loathed stage, And the more loathsome age, Where pride and impudence in faction knit Usurp the chair of wit: Indicting and arraigning every day, Something they call a play. Let their fastidious, vain Commission of the brain, Run on and rage, sweat, censure, and condemn: They were not made for thee, less thou for them.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. Ode to Himself (l. 1-10). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Here lies 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 fleshly birth. Which cover lightly, gentle earth.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. On My First Daughter (l. 1-12). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy. Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay, Exacted by thy fate, on the just day. Oh, could I lose all father now! For why Will man lament the state he should envy? To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage, And, if no other misery, yet age? Rest in soft peace, and, asked, say here doth lie Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry; For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such, As what he loves may never like too much.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. On My First Son (l. 1-12). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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"A lord, it cried, buried in flesh and blood, And such from whom let no man hope least good, For I will do none; and as little ill, For I will dare none." Good Lord, walk dead still.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. On Something, That Walks Somewhere (l. 5-8). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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At court I met it, in clothes brave enough To be a courtier, and looks grave enough To seem a statesman.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. On Something, That Walks Somewhere (l. 1-3). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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