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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Echo’s Lament of Narcissus (from Cynthia’s Revels)
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
[Acted 1600, Act I, Sc. 1.]

SLOW, 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.
 
 
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