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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Great Writers
Ode to Ben Jonson
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
Outdid the meat, outdid 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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