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Poem by Ben Jonson


On My First Daughter


Here lies, to each her parents ruth,
Mary, the daughter of their youth;
Yet all heavens gifts being heavens due,
It makes the father less to rue.
At six months end she parted hence
With safety of her innocence;
Whose soul heavens queen, whose name she bears,
In comfort of her mothers 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


Ben Jonson's other poems:
  1. A Hymn to God the Father
  2. Venus' Runaway
  3. Porth Ceiriad Bay
  4. The Noble Balm
  5. Living By


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