The Noble Nature
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.
This poem is in the public domain.
Born in 1572, Ben Jonson is regarded as one of the major dramatists and poets of the seventeenth century
Date Published: 1640-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/noble-nature