Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount
by Ben Jonson
Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount Resources
Ben had quite the life, and you can learn all about it here.
This dude was a Poet-with-a-capital-P, so of course he has his own page on poets.org.
Revel with Cynthia. You know you want to.
Jonson was a great playwright among many great playwrights, and this web-book will tell you all about the golden age of English theater in Jonson and Shakespeare's time.
Sing it loud and proud "O faintly gentle springs." Or sing it slow and sad. Whatever works.
A choir singing – here, the words are more intelligible, not that you didn't have them memorized already.
Unfortunately, Shmoop couldn't find an audio recording of "Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount," but you can have a listen to Jonson's "Song: To Celia."
He looks like a pretty nice fellow, right?
Not that you'll be able to read it or anything. But in any case, here's a pic of a copy of Jonson's edition of a Latin text (Martial), with his notes in the right margin.
In this 17th century painting, Nicolas Poussin shows narcissistic Narcissus gazing adoringly at his reflection in the water.
More of the same, brought to you by the English master J.W. Waterhouse.
Just in case you love Narcissus as much as he loves himself, check out yet another depiction of the youth, this time by Caravaggio.
Here's a drawing of what the theater would have looked like in Jonson's time. Yes, that's a bear.
Check out this review of a recent Jonson biography, and if you want to learn more, go ahead and buy the book!
Like what you read in "Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount "? There's more where that came from.