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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

2055 Ben Jonson 1572-1637 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
QUOTATION:Soul of the age,
The applause, delight, the wonder of our stage,
My Shakespeare, rise! I will not lodge thee by
Chaucer or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lie
A little further, to make thee a room. 1
ATTRIBUTION:To the Memory of Shakespeare.
Note 1.
Renowned Spenser, lie a thought more nigh
To learned Chaucer, and rare Beaumont lie
A little nearer Spenser, to make room
For Shakespeare in your threefold, fourfold tomb.
Basse: On Shakespeare. [back]