That I was used to drive And hear the harness jingle When I was man alive? Be still, my lad, and sleep. Vincent Millay Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain, Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink and rise and sink and rise and sink again.
In midlife, Jonson claimed that his paternal grandfather, who 'served King Henry 8 and was a gentleman',  was a member of the extended Johnston family of Annandale in the Dumfries and Gallowaya genealogy that is attested by the three spindles rhombi in the Jonson family coat of arms: Jonson's father lost his property, was imprisoned, and suffered forfeiture under Queen Mary ; having become a clergyman upon his release, he died a month before his son's birth.
In the event, the pupil and the master became friends, and the intellectual influence of Camden's broad-ranging scholarship upon Jonson's art and literary style remained notable, until Camden's death in On leaving Westminster School, Jonson was to have attended the University of Cambridgeto continue his book learning but did not, because of his unwilled apprenticeship to his bricklayer stepfather.
After having been an apprentice bricklayer, Ben Jonson went to the Netherlands and volunteered to soldier with the English regiments of Francis Vere — in Flanders. The Hawthornden Manuscriptsof the conversations between Ben Jonson and the poet William Drummond of Hawthornden  —report that, when in Flanders, Jonson engaged, fought and killed an enemy soldier in single combatand took for trophies the weapons of the vanquished soldier.
Moreover, byhe was a working playwright employed by Philip Henslowethe leading producer for the English public theatre; by the next year, the production of Every Man in His Humour had established Jonson's reputation as a dramatist.
The identity of Jonson's wife has always been obscure, yet she sometimes is identified as "Ann Lewis", the woman who married a Benjamin Jonson inat the church of St Magnus-the-Martyrnear London Bridge. Martin's Church registers indicate that Mary Jonson, their eldest daughter, died in Novemberat six months of age.
Moreover, 32 years later, a second son, also named Benjamin Jonson, died in An undated comedy, The Case is Alteredmay be his earliest surviving play. Jonson was jailed in Marshalsea Prison and charged with "Leude and mutynous behaviour", while Nashe managed to escape to Great Yarmouth.
Two of the actors, Gabriel Spenser and Robert Shaw, were also imprisoned. A year later, Jonson was again briefly imprisoned, this time in Newgate Prisonfor killing Gabriel Spenser in a duel on 22 September in Hogsden Fields  today part of Hoxton.
Tried on a charge of manslaughterJonson pleaded guilty but was released by benefit of clergy a legal ploy through which he gained leniency by reciting a brief bible verse the neck-verseforfeiting his 'goods and chattels' and being branded on his left thumb.
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Jonson followed this in with Every Man out of His Humoura pedantic attempt to imitate Aristophanes. It is not known whether this was a success on stage, but when published it proved popular and went through several editions. It satirised both John Marstonwho Jonson believed had accused him of lustfulness in Histriomastixand Thomas Dekker.
Jonson attacked the two poets again in Poetaster Dekker responded with Satiromastixsubtitled "the untrussing of the humorous poet".
Jonson collaborated with Dekker on a pageant welcoming James I to England in although Drummond reports that Jonson called Dekker a rogue.
Marston dedicated The Malcontent to Jonson and the two collaborated with Chapman on Eastward Hoa play whose anti-Scottish sentiment briefly landed both Jonson and Chapman in jail.
Jonson quickly adapted himself to the additional demand for masques and entertainments introduced with the new reign and fostered by both the king and his consort  Anne of Denmark. In addition to his popularity on the public stage and in the royal hall, he enjoyed the patronage of aristocrats such as Elizabeth Sidney daughter of Sir Philip Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth.
This connection with the Sidney family provided the impetus for one of Jonson's most famous lyrics, the country house poem To Penshurst.DRINK to me, only, with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Ben Jonson.
Clerimont's Song. STILL to be neat, still to be dressed, Ben Jonson. On My First Son. FAREWELL, thou child of my right hand, and joy; My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy. Ben Jonson, "Still to Be Neat", "On My First Son", and "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes".
In the poem "On my first son" Ben Jonson uses powerful diction and language to convey his emotions of anger and despair. My First and Only True Love Essay.
"On my First Son" by Ben Jonson (Read by Joshua Ferris) "To Celia" poem by Ben Jonson "Drink to me only with thine eyes" by Tim Gracyk.
Ben Jonson's Still to be Neat by Katie Rose Martin. This site is devoted to the production or performance of works from earlier periods of English spoken in original pronunciation (OP) – that is, in an accent that would have been in use at the time.
The first verse form I read by Ben Jonson was “Still to Be Neat”. The verse form is written as if a adult male were speaking to a adult female. It is about their relationship and passion towards each other.
as you can see in this verse form. it is non put bluffly. Inns and Taverns of Old London by Henry C. Shelley Preface and contents Chapter 1: Famous Southwark Inns. Unique among the quaint maps of old London is one which traces the ground-plan of Southwark as it appeared early in the sixteenth century.