Ben Jonson Quotes

Some bring a capon, some a rural cake, Some nuts, some apples; some that think they make The better cheeses bring 'em, or else send By their ripe daughters, whom they would commend This way to husbands, and whose baskets bear An emblem of themselves in plum or pear.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To Penshurst (l. 51-56). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Now, Penshurst, they that will proportion thee With other edifices, when they see Those proud, ambitious heaps, and nothing else, May say, their lords have built, but thy lord dwells.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To Penshurst (l. 99-102). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Thou art not, Penshurst, built to envious show, Of touch or marble; nor canst boast a row Of polished pillars, or a roof of gold; Thou hast no lantern whereof tales are told, Or stair, or courts; but stand'st an ancient pile,
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To Penshurst (l. 1-5). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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This made you first to know the Why You liked, then after to apply That liking; and approach so one the tother, Till either grew a portion of the other; Each styled by his end, The copy of his friend.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 107-112). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Not lived; for life doth her great actions spell, By what was done and wrought In season, and so brought To light: her measures are, how well Each syllab'e answered, and was formed how fair; These make the lines of life, and that's her air.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 59-64). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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It is not growing like a tree In bulk, doth make man better be, Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: A lily of a day Is fairer far in May Although it fall and die that night; It was the plant and flower of light. In small proportions we just beauties see, And in short measures life may perfect be.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 65-74). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Wise child, didst hastily return And mad'st thy mother's womb thine urn. How summed a circle didst thou leave mankind Of deepest lore, could we the center find!
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 7-10). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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He stood, a soldier, to the last right end, A perfect patriot and a noble friend, But most a virtuous son. All offices were done By him, so ample, full, and round In weight in measure, number, sound, As, though his age imperfect might appear, His life was of humanity the sphere.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 45-52). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Thou art a monument without a tomb, And art alive still while thy book doth live And we have wits to read and praise to give.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Memory of My Beloved Master William Shakespeare (l. 22-24). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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Sweet Swan of Avon! what a sight it were To see thee in our waters yet appear,
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Memory of My Beloved Master, William Shakespeare (l. 71-72). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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