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On My First Sonne


  • On my First Sonne records the death of Jonson's first son.
  • Jonson writes as though he is talking to his son - and as if he thinks his son can hear or read his words.


  • "Thou child of my right hand" - Jesus sat on the right hand side of God, religious context. Right hand was thought to be better at the time.
  • "My sinne was too much to hope of thee, lov'd boy" - Ben Jonson's only sin was to love his only child too much, making it unbearably hard to lose him.
  • "seven yeeres tho'wert lent to me" - his son was a gift from God, extended metaphor of the idea that God only gave him the son as a loan, he still rightfully belongs to God.
  • "Exacted by thy fate" - Ben Jonson accepts that it is God's will to take the


Silas Elliott

Fantastic notes. 

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