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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
An Ode for Ben Jonson
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
            AH Ben!
          Say how or when
          Shall we, thy guests,
      Meet at those lyric feasts,
          Made at the Sun,        5
      The Dog, the Triple Tun;
      Where we such clusters had,
    As made us nobly wild, not mad?
      And yet each verse of thine
Out-did the meat, out-did the frolic wine.        10
 
            My Ben!
          Or come again,
          Or send to us
      Thy wit’s great overplus;
          But teach us yet        15
      Wisely to husband it,
      Lest we that talent spend;
    And having once brought to an end
      That precious stock,—the store
Of such a wit the world should have no more.        20
 
 
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