Ben Jonson



                              Her Triumph


See the Chariot at hand here of Love,
      Wherein my Lady rideth!
Each that draws is a swan or a dove,
      And well the car Love guideth.
As she goes, all hearts do duty
                   Unto her beauty;
And enamour'd do wish, so they might
                   But enjoy such a sight,
That they still were to run by her side,
Thorough swords, thorough seas, whither she would ride.

Do but look on her eyes, they do light
       All that Love's world compriseth!
Do but look on her hair, it is bright
       As Love's star when it riseth!
Do but mark, her forehead's smoother
                   Than words that soothe her;
And from her arch'd brows such a grace
                   Sheds itself through that face,
As alone there triumphs to the life
All the gain, all the good, of the elements' strife.

Have you seen but a bright lily grow
        Before rude hands have touch'd it?
Have you mark'd but the fall of the snow
        Before the soil hath smutch'd it?
Have you felt the wool of the beaver,
                   Or swan's down ever?
Or have smelt of the bud of the brier,
                   Or nard in the fire?
Or have tasted the bag of the bee?
O so white, O so soft, O so sweet is she!


Ben Jonson.