Ben Jonson

June 11, 1572 - August 6, 1637


Epitaph On Elizabeth, L. H.

by Ben Jonson

Would'st thou hear what man can say
In a little? reader, stay.

Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die:
Which in life did harbour give
To more virtue than doth live.

If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth,
The other let it sleep with death:
Fitter, where it died, to tell,
Than that it lived at all. Farewell!


Plays And Poems, 2nd Edition
Copyright 1886
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