VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

On My First Son

Ben Jonson

Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy;
My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy.
Seven years thou wert lent to me, and I thee pay,
Exacted by the fate, on the just day.
Oh, could I lose all father now! For why
Will man lament the state he should envy?
To have so soon 'scaped world's and flesh's rage,
And, if no other misery, yet age?
Rest in soft peace, and, asked, say here doth lie
Ben Jonson his best piece of poetry;
For whose sake, henceforth, all his vows be such,
As what he loves may never like too much.

Jonson's son, who died on his seventh birthday, was a junior. As Jonson knew, "Benjamin" means "son of the right hand" or favorite." He also knew that "poem" means "thing made" or "product," so that one may speak of one's poetry as children and of one's children as poetry.