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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
Good Life, Long Life
Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
    IT is not growing like a tree
    In bulk, doth make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sear:
        A lily of a day        5
        Is fairer far in May,
    Although it fall and die that night,—
    It was the plant and flower of Light.
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.        10
 
 
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