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Selected Poetry of Ben Jonson (1572-1637)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine
        (Song to Celia, 1-2)
  1. A Celebration of Charis: I. His Excuse for Loving
  2. A Celebration of Charis: IV. Her Triumph
  3. Cynthia's Revels: Queen and huntress, chaste and fair
  4. Epicoene, or the Silent Woman: Still to be neat, still to be drest
  5. Epigrams: An Epitaph on S.P.
  6. Epigrams: Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H.
  7. Epigrams: On my First Son
  8. Epigrams: To John Donne
  9. Epigrams: To Lucy, Countess of Bedford, with John Donne's Satires
  10. A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme
  11. A Hymn to God the Father
  12. The Metamorphosed Gypsies (excerpt)
  13. My Picture Left in Scotland
  14. An Ode to Himself
  15. Ode to Himself upon the Censure of his "New Inn"
  16. A Pindaric Ode (Ode: To The Immortal Memory And Friendship Of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary And Sir H. Morison )
  17. Song to Celia (Drink Me Only With Thine Eyes)
  18. To Heaven
  19. To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare
  20. Volpone: Come my Celia, let us prove

Index to prose

  1. Timber (1640)


Notes on Life and Works

The standard edition of Jonson's Works is the monumental one by Herford and Simpson (11 vols.; London: Oxford University Press, 1925-53). Most of Jonson's poems appeared first in the Folio of 1616, the later poems in the Second Folio of 1640.

Biographical information

Given name: Ben
Family name: Jonson
Birth date: 1572
Death date: 6 August 1637
Nationality: English
Family relations
          son: Benjamin Jonson
          son: Benjamin Jonson
          daughter: Mary Jonson
Languages
          English
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          School in St. Martin's-in-the-Fields
          Westminster School
          St. John's College, Cambridge (M.A.) to 19 July 1619
Religion: Roman Catholic: 1886 to 1898
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Residences
          Flanders to 1592
          Westminster: 1572
Illnesses
          Palsy
          Dropsy
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1997