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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Noble Nature
By 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 sere;
          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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