by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)

Language: English 
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
To more virtue than doth live.
If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth,
Th' other let it sleep with death:
Fitter, where it died to tell,
Than that it [liv'd]1 at all. Farewell.

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1 Stöhr: "lived"


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This text was added to the website: 2021-09-12
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