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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Epitaph on the Countess of Pembroke (from Underwoods)
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
UNDERNEATH 1 this sable hearse
Lies the subject of all verse,
SIDNEY’S sister, PEMBROKE’S mother;
Death! ere thou hast slain another,
Learn’d and fair, and good as she,        5
Time shall throw a dart at thee.
 
Note 1. Mary, sister of Sir Philip Sidney (who wrote his Arcadia for her), and mother of William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. She died in 1621, and is buried in Salisbury Cathedral. [back]
 
 
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