Monday, April 14, 2008

A bit of a downer, but in the lovely way.

On My First Son

Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy ;
My sin was too much hope of thee, lov'd boy.
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by thy fate, on the just day.
Oh, could I lose all father now ! For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?
To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage,
And if no other misery, yet age !
Rest in soft peace, and, asked, say, Here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry.
For whose sake henceforth all his vows be such
As what he loves may never like too much.

---Ben Jonson


Lisa B. said...

A heartbreaker.

Dr. Write said...

I love that "his best piece of poetry." So true, right? Made me cry. Thanks for sharing this. Reminds me of that Seamus Heaney poem about his brother's death. Sad, but beautiful.