16 December 2012

Being so much too good for earth, Heaven vows to keep them


Grace McDonnell, age 7, one of 20 children massacred in the Connecticut school shooting.

An Epitaph on S.P.

By Ben Jonson
A Child of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel
Weep with me, all you that read
         This little story:
And know, for whom a tear you shed
         Death's self is sorry.
'Twas a child, that so did thrive
         In grace and feature,
As heaven and nature seem'd to strive
         Which own'd the creature.
Years he number'd scarce thirteen
         When fates turn'd cruel,
Yet three fill'd zodiacs had he been
         The stage's jewel;
And did act (what now we moan)
         Old men so duly,
As, sooth, the Parcæ thought him one,
         He play'd so truly.
So, by error, to his fate
         They all consented;
But viewing him since (alas, too late)
         They have repented;
And have sought (to give new birth)
         In baths to steep him;
But being so much too good for earth,
         Heaven vows to keep him.

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