Ben Jonson

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

To John Donne - Poem by Ben Jonson

Donne, the delight of Phoebus and each Muse
Who, to thy one, all other brains refuse;
Whose every work of thy most early wit
Came forth example, and remains so yet;
Longer a-knowing than most wits do live;
And which no affection praise enough can give!
To it, thy language, letters, arts, best life,
Which might with half mankind maintain a strife.
All which I meant to praise, and yet I would;
But leave, because I cannot as I should!


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  • (2/19/2017 5:05:00 AM)


    Glowing tribute to the great poet- John Donne. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010



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