Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900/On Elizabeth L. H.

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6589Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 — Epitaphs: i. On Elizabeth L. H.1931Ben Jonson



On Elizabeth L. H.

WOULDST thou hear what Man can say
In a little? Reader, stay.
Underneath this stone doth lie
As much Beauty as could die:
Which in life did harbour give
To more Virtue than doth live.
If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth,
The other, let it sleep with death:
Fitter, where it died, to tell
Than that it lived at all. Farewell.