Benjamin Jonson (June 11, 1572 August 6, 1637) was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor. He is best known for his plays Volpone and The Alchemist, his lyrics, his influence on Jacobean and Caroline poets, his theory ...
A new disease? I know not, new or old, but it may well be called poor mortals plague for, like a pestilence, it doth infect the houses of the brain till not a thought, or motion, in the mind, be free from the black poison of suspect.
Greatness of name in the father ofttimes helps not forth but overwhelms the son; they stand too near one another, the shadow kills the growth. So much, that we see the grandchild come more and oftener to be heir.
I sing the birth was born tonight, The Author both of life and light, The angels so did sound it; And like the ravished shepherds said, Who saw the light, and were afraid, Yet searched, and true they found it.
Tonight, grave sir, both my poor house and I Do equally desire your company;
Not that we think us worthy such a guest, But that your worth will dignify
our feast With those that come, whose grace may make that seem Something, which else could hope for no esteem.