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

Epitaph on S. P.

Ben Jonson

Weep with me, all you that read
This little story;
And know, for whom a tear you shed
Death's self is sorry.
'Twas a child that so did thrive
In grace and feature.
As Heaven and nature seemed to strive
Which owned the creature.
Years he numbered scarce thirteen
When Fates turned cruel.
Yet three filled Zodiacs had he been
The Stages' jewel;
And did act (what now we moan)
Old men so duly,
As sooth the Parcae thought him one,
He played so truly.
So, by error, to his fate
They all consented;
But, viewing him since, alas, to late!
They have repented;
And have sought, to give new birth,
In baths to steep him;
But, being so much good for earth,
Heaven vows to keep him.

The boy-actor Salomon Pavy acted in some of the plays that Jonson wrote for the Children of Queen Elizabeth's Chapel. (Note that: "Parcae" is "the Fates.")