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Ode To Sir William Sydney, On His Birthday - Poem by Ben Jonson

Now that the harth is crown'd with smiling fire,
And some do drink, and some do dance,
Some ring,
Some sing,
And all do strive t'advance
The gladnesse higher:
Wherefore should I
Stand silent by.
Who not the least,
Both love the cause, and authors of the feast.
Give me my cup, but from the Thespian Well,
That I may tell to Sydney, what
This day
Doth say,
And he may think on that
Which I do tell:
When all the noyse
Of these forc'd joyes,
Are fled and gone,
And he, with his best Genius left alone.
This day says, then, the number of glad yeares
Are justly summ'd, that make you man;
Your vow
Must now
Strive all right ways it can,
T'out-strip your peeres:
Since he doth lack
Of going back
Little, whose will
Doth urge him to run wrong, or to stand still.
Nor can a little of the common store,
Of nobles vertue, shew in you;
Your blood
So good
And great, must seek for new,
And study more:
Nor weary, rest
On what's deceast.
For they, that swell
With dust of ancestors, in graves but dwell.
'Twill be exacted of your name, whose sonne,
Whose nephew, whose grand-child you are;
And men
Will, then,
Say you have follow'd farre,
When well begun:
Which must be now,
They teach you, how.
And he that stayes
To liue untill to morrow 'hath lost two dayes.
So may you live in honor, as in name,
If with this truth you be inspir'd;
So may
This day
Be more, and long desir'd:
And with the flame
Of love bee bright,
As with the light
Of bone-fires. Then
The Birth-day shines, when logs not burne, but men.

Comments about Ode To Sir William Sydney, On His Birthday by Ben Jonson

  • Gold Star - 5,309 Points Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/27/2016 9:47:00 PM)

    A great poem by a great writer where he wishes and desires that this great writer make his birthday a most remembered one through his genius and worthy contribution (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 90 Points fabson arrey (2/26/2016 1:24:00 PM)

    well written just wish to have a better friend so real good job (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,393 Points Alisha Castle (2/10/2016 12:15:00 PM)

    Beautiful poetry, full of heart. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Birthday

  1. 1. Ode To Sir William Sydney, On His Birthday , Ben Jonson
  2. 2. The Salutation , Thomas Traherne
  3. 3. To Mrs. M. B. On Her Birthday , Alexander Pope
  4. 4. Crossroads , Joyce Sutphen
  5. 5. Stella’s Birth-Day. 1724-5 , Jonathan Swift
  6. 6. On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday , Walter Savage Landor
  7. 7. Infant Sorrow , William Blake
  8. 8. One And Twenty , Samuel Johnson
  9. 9. On The Birth Of His Son , Su Tung-po
  10. 10. A Birthday , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  11. 11. Poem On His Birthday , Dylan Thomas
  12. 12. Labor Pains , Akiko Yosano
  13. 13. Baby Song , Thom Gunn
  14. 14. Infant Joy , William Blake
  15. 15. For K.R. On Her Sixtieth Birthday , Richard Wilbur
  16. 16. A Newborn Girl At Passover , Nan Cohen
  17. 17. Ninetieth Birthday , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  18. 18. A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday , Henry Van Dyke
  19. 19. A Happy Birthday , Ted Kooser
  20. 20. A Birthday , Aleister Crowley
  21. 21. To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died De.. , Jane Austen
  22. 22. Seal Lullaby , Rudyard Kipling
  23. 23. Sonnet On The Author's Birthday , Robert Burns
  24. 24. The Birthnight , Walter de la Mare
  25. 25. Nursery Rhyme For A Twenty-First Birthday , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  26. 26. To Miss Charlotte Pulteney , Ambrose Philips
  27. 27. A Ninth Birthday , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  28. 28. Sweet And Low , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  29. 29. Birthday , Robert William Service
  30. 30. Poem For My 43rd Birthday , Charles Bukowski
  31. 31. On My Birthday, July 21 , Matthew Prior
  32. 32. A Birthday Candle , Donald Justice
  33. 33. Ninon De Lenclos, On Her Last Birthday , Dorothy Parker
  34. 34. For A Birthday , Thom Gunn
  35. 35. On Your Birthday, Today, , Ivan Donn Carswell
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