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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Song before the Entry of the Masquers (from The Fortunate Isles)
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
[From The Fortunate Isles and their Union, 1625.]

SPRING all the graces of the age,
  And all the loves of time;
Bring all the pleasures of the stage,
  And relishes of rhyme;
Add all the softnesses of courts,        5
The looks, the laughters and the sports;
And mingle all their sweets and salts,
That none may say the triumph halts.
 
 
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