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

The Kiss

Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

O THAT joy so soon should waste!

Or so sweet a bliss

As a kiss

Might not for ever last!

So sugared, so melting, so soft, so delicious,

The dew that lies on roses,

When the morn herself discloses,

Is not so precious.

O, rather than it would I smother,

Were I to taste such another;

It should be my wishing

That I might die kissing.