Study Guide

Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount Speaker

By Ben Jonson


Echo the Nymph

Lucky for us, we know exactly who the speaker of this poem is, because it comes to us in the form of a song from Jonson's play, Cynthia's Revels.

And, lucky for us, we know a lot about her already, through the sad story of Echo and Narcissus. In Greek mythology, she was a nymph, one of many minor female deities who lived in the forest and spent lots of time dancing and singing. Sounds like a nice life, right? And indeed it was, until one day, she fell in love and everything went to pot. Sigh. Isn't that always how it goes?