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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Virtue Triumphant

Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

WHO, Virtue, can thy power forget

That sees these live and triumph yet?

Th’ Assyrian pomp, the Persian pride,

Greeks’ glory and the Romans’ died;

And who yet imitate

Their noises, tarry the same fate.

Force greatness all the glorious ways

You can, it soon decays;

But so good fame shall never:

Her triumphs, as their causes, are forever.