Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON MY FIRST DAUGHTER, by BEN JONSON



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ON MY FIRST DAUGHTER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lies to each her parents' ruth
Last Line: Which cover lightly, gentle earth!
Variant Title(s): Epitaph On My First Daughter
Subject(s): Daughters; Death - Children; Parents; Death - Babies; Parenthood


Here lies, to each her parents' ruth [sorrow],
Mary, the daughter of their youth;
Yet all heaven's gifts being heaven's due,
It makes the father less to rue.
At six months' end she parted hence
With safety of her innocence;
Whose soul heaven's queen, whose name she bears,
In comfort of her mother's tears,
Hath placed amongst her virgin-train:
Where, while that severed doth remain,
This grave partakes the fleshly birth;
Which cover lightly, gentle earth!




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