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Ben Jonson, 1573—1637
[Mentioned in Miscellaneous Writings, Pref., p. vii]
Ben Jonson, dramatist and learned poet of England, brought immense classical knowledge to his work, although he did not have university training. His father, a minister, died before the child was born, and when later his mother married a master bricklayer, the latter taught him his trade. He allowed the boy to interrupt his training when he had the opportunity of attending Westminister School. Jonson acknowledged that he owed to Camden, his teacher there, "all that I am in arts, all that I know."
Johnson was a tremendously vigorous individual. Enlisting for service with the English troops dispatched to help the Netherlands in its struggle against Spain, he acquired a reputation for courage since, singlehanded, "in the face of both the camps," he fought successfully with one of the enemy. On his return, he resumed bricklaying, but shortly he became associated with the theater, first as an assistant to other dramatists, then as an actor, and finally as a playwright. His first successful play, "Every Man in his Humour," in which Shakespeare acted, was a new kind of comedy in which "each character is ... typical of a specific humour or temperament.
ROBERT DOLLING WELLS
MAN IS NOT A SUPPOSER—HE KNOWS
KATHERINE S. WHITNEY
JOY IN GOD'S APPOINTING
MABEL REED HYZER
Kathryn Laney Veazey
ARTHUR W. WERNER
WOULD WE CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN?
EDNA A. LICHTENFELS
REFUGE IN TRUTH
FLORENCE M. SPEERS
"SEE THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER"
CHARLOTTE MISSIMER JURS
E. Lyndon Fairweather
"OUR SUFFICIENT GUIDE"
John J. Selover
It is with deep gratitude that I...
Kathryn E. Leslie
"Behold, God is my salvation;...
Karl A. Reichert
With loving gratitude to our...
Lilian A. E. Olsson
I am filled with such thanksgiving...
Elsie L. Fritz
For some twenty years I attended...
Carl E. Tamm with contributions from Ester E. Tamm
The words of our great Master...
Ada E. Francis
In 1939 I suffered from blood...
"Unto us a child is born, unto us...
All my needs have been met for...
Jerome A. Rueff
Signs of the Times
with contributions from John W. Shackford