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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
To the Countess of Rutland
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
THERE, like a rich and golden pyramid,
Borne up by statues, shall I rear your head
Above your under-carvèd ornaments,
And show how to the life my soul presents
Your form imprest there, not with tickling rhymes        5
Or common-places filched, that take these times,
But high and noble matter, such as flies
From brains entranced, and filled with ecstasies,
Moods which the god-like Sidney oft did prove,
And your brave friend and mine so well did love.        10
 
 
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