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Poem by Ben Jonson

On My First Daughter

Here lies, to each her parents ruth,
Mary, the daughter of their youth;
Yet all heavens gifts being heavens due,
It makes the father less to rue.
At six months end she parted hence
With safety of her innocence;
Whose soul heavens queen, whose name she bears,
In comfort of her mothers tears,
Hath placed amongst her virgin-train:
Where, while that severed doth remain,
This grave partakes the fleshly birth;
Which cover lightly, gentle earth!

Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson's other poems:
  1. Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke
  2. To Censorious Courtling
  3. Begging Another
  4. To Francis Beaumont
  5. Porth Ceiriad Bay

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