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Cary/Morison Ode: The Turn 65-74(1640)

Ben Jonson

It is not growing like a tree
MeterIt is not growing like a tree
In bulke, doth make man better bee;
MeterIn bulke, doth make man better bee;
Or, standing long an Oake, three hundred yeare,
MeterOr, standing long an Oake, three hundred yeare,
To fall a logge, at last, dry, bald, and seare:
MeterTo fall a logge, at last, dry, bald, and seare:
A Lillie of a Day
MeterA Lillie of a Day
Is fairer farre, in May;
MeterIs fairer farre, in May;
Although it fall and die that night;
MeterAlthough it fall and die that night;
It was the Plant, and flowre of light.
MeterIt was the Plant, and flowre of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see:
MeterIn small proportions we just beauties see:
And in short measures, life may perfect bee.
MeterAnd in short measures, life may perfect bee.


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