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Editor's Selection of Poems
On My First Son

by Ben Jonson

Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; 
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy. 
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay, 
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day. 
O, could I lose all father now! For why 
Will man lament the state he should envy? 
To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage, 
And, if no other misery, yet age? 
Rest in soft peace, and asked, say, "Here doth lie 
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry, 
For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such 
As what he loves may never like too much." 
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