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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Epigrams: Epitaph on Elizabeth L. H.
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
WOULDST thou hear what man can say
In a little? Reader, stay.
 
Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die:
Which in life did harbour give        5
To more virtue than doth live.
 
If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was ELIZABETH;
The other, let it sleep in death,        10
Fitter, where it died to tell,
Than that it lived at all.  Farewell!
 
 
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