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October 08, 2015


This is so cool. I think Ben Jonson is one of the most accesibly human of the Elizabethans. You can totally imagine hanging out with him over a meal.

Hi Stacey and Laura. I love this poem. I memorized the last few lines so I'd always have an appropriate toast but never remember to use them. But I love "No simple word ... shall make us sad next morning"--isn't that just it?

"Of which we’ll speak our minds, amidst our meat;" Got to love that mood plus all those m's including the buried one in amidst. "speak our minds, amidst our kale" just wouldn't cut it.

Love Ben Jonson for poems like this one:

On Gut

Gut eats all day and letchers all the nights,
So all his meat he tasteth over, twice;
And striving so to double his delight,
He makes himself a thoroughfare of vice.
Thus, in his belly can he change a sin,
Lust it comes out that gluttony went in.

Thank you for your comments and for 'On Gut" Matthew. It's terrific. I love Herrick's Ode to Ben Jonson:

An Ode to Ben Jonson
Ah Ben!
Say how, or when
Shall we thy guests
Meet at those lyric feasts
Made at the Sun,
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.

My Ben
Or come again,
Or send to us
Thy wit's great overplus;
But teach us yet
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.

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