Ben Jonson

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

The Noble Nature - Poem by Ben Jonson

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 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.


Comments about The Noble Nature by Ben Jonson

  • (8/13/2013 5:49:00 PM)


    Beautiful poem :) I totally loved the way it is narrated :) (Report) Reply

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  • (12/26/2012 12:59:00 AM)


    Amazing poem that give the importance of a single day that you spent for a reason,
    instead of spending a whole life without any reason.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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