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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Epigrams: On Court-Worm
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
ALL men are worms, but this 1 no man. In silk
’Twas brought to court first wrapt, and white as milk; 2
Where, afterwards, it grew a butterfly,
Which was a caterpillar. So ’twill die.
 
Note 1. This = this is. [back]
Note 2. Compare Pope’s ‘Sporus.’ [back]
 
 
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