Quotation by Ben Jonson

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
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.
Ben Jonson (1572–1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 65–74). . .

The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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