“Underneath this stone doth lie as much beauty as could die”

Epitaph on Elizabeth, L. H.

Wouldst thou hear what man can say
In a little? Reader, stay.
Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die;
Which in life did harbor give 
To more virtue than doth live.
If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth;
Th’ other, let it sleep with death: 
Fitter, where it died, to tell,
Than that it lived at all. Farewell!

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–BEN JONSON

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