|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Ben Jonson (15721637)|
|QUOTATION:||Underneath this sable hearse|
Lies the subject of all verse,
Sidneys sister, Pembrokes mother.
Death, ere thou hast slain another,
Learnd and fair and good as she,
Time shall throw a dart at thee.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke. 1|
This epitaph is generally ascribed to Ben Jonson. It appears in the editions of his Works; but in a manuscript collection of Brownes 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 Brownes poems. [back]