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

2061 Ben Jonson 1572-1637 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
QUOTATION:Underneath this sable hearse
Lies the subject of all verse,—
Sidney’s sister, Pembroke’s mother.
Death, ere thou hast slain another,
Learn’d and fair and good as she,
Time shall throw a dart at thee.
ATTRIBUTION:Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke. 1
Note 1.
This epitaph is generally ascribed to Ben Jonson. It appears in the editions of his Works; but in a manuscript collection of Browne’s poems preserved amongst the Lansdowne MS. No. 777, in the British Museum, it is ascribed to Browne, and awarded to him by Sir Egerton Brydges in his edition of Browne’s poems. [back]