Ben Jonson

(11 June 1572 – 6 August 1637 / London / England)

Have You Seen But A Bright Lily Grow - Poem by Ben Jonson

Have you seen but a bright lily grow
Before rude hands have touched it?
Have you marked but the fall of snow
Before the soil hath smutched it?
Have you felt the wool of beaver,
Or swan's down ever?
Or have smelt o' the bud o' the brier,
Or the nard in the fire?
Or have tasted the bag of the bee?
O so white, O so soft, O so sweet is she!


Comments about Have You Seen But A Bright Lily Grow by Ben Jonson

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (3/26/2016 11:51:00 AM)


    Have you seen but a bright lily grow
    Before rude hands have touched it?
    Have you marked but the fall of snow
    Before the soil hath smutched it?

    Questions need not to be answered. Very nice poem in contemplation on small details of nature.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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