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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Echo’s Dirge for Narcissus
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
SLOW, 1 slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt tears;
  Yet slower, yet; O faintly, gentle springs!
List to the heavy part the music bears,
  Woe weeps out her division when she sings.
                Droop herbs and flowers;        5
                Fall grief in showers;
                Our beauties are not ours:
                  O, I could still,
Like melting snow upon some craggy hill,
                Drop, drop, drop, drop,        10
Since Nature’s pride is now a withered daffodil.
 
Note 1. From Cynthia’s Revels, 1601. [back]
 
 
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