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his site presents an online edition of the works of Ben Jonson (1572-1637), Shakespeare's fellow playwright and poet. These texts are being made available for educational and entertainment purposes. Although I have striven for accuracy in the transcription of the texts, I make no pretense that this is a scholarly edition of Jonson's works. Please consider these texts to be the work of a hobbyist. Copyright is retained by Clark J. Holloway. However, copies may be downloaded and distributed freely, so long as the copyright notice appears on any copies and they are distributed free of charge, regardless of format.

These texts are in the original spelling of the 1692 edition of Jonson's Works (the first folio edition to be combined in one volume), with the exception of The Case is Altered and Eastward Ho, neither of which appeared in the folios. The Case is Altered is taken from Peter Whalley's edition of 1756 (as reprinted for John Stockdale in 1811), and Eastward Ho is taken from a relatively modern text. All errors are preserved and line breaks are retained (with the exception of the epistles and arguments that have been formatted with justified margins). Broken lines due to insufficient space have been silently repaired, except where the text accommodates them by adding an indented line. Some errors in the original text, and occasional obsolete spellings, are marked by a tiny image of Jonson.this is just an example Hover your cursor over the image to see an editorial correction or clarification.

Although generally printed in two-column pages, the texts are presented here in a single column format. Column breaks are indicated in square brackets. Page breaks are indicated by a light-gray line extending across the page. Spacing has been normalized, and original letter-forms not readily available on a modern Internet browser (such as the long "s") have been modernized. The ligatures Æ and Œ have been retained (when appearing in italics, æ (æ) and œ (œ) can be virtually indistinguishable in some fonts; the technically inclined may wish to change their default font or view the source file if a question arises as to the proper character). Greek text is displayed using the "Symbol" font, so it will not display properly unless your browser supports that font. Due to the limitations inherent in the "Symbol" font, diacritical marks have been omitted in Greek text. As will no doubt be embarrassingly apparent, I have small Latin, and less Greek (none, in fact), so corrections are actively solicited, and will be appreciatively received.

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Note that it is a convention of the original texts of the plays to leave the first line in a scene unattributed, the speaker being the first person named in the list of characters appearing in the scene.

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1692 Folio

Front matter
Title Page
Commendatory Verse

Plays reprinted from the 1616 Folio
Every Man in his Humour
Every Man out of his Humour
Cynthia's Revels
Sejanus his Fall
Volpone, or, the Fox
Epicœne, or, the Silent Woman
The Alchemist
Catiline his Conspiracy

Verse reprinted from the 1616 Folio
The Forest

Entertainments and a Panegyric reprinted from the 1616 Folio
King's Entertainment in passing to his Coronation
A Panegyre, on the Happy Entrance of James
A Particular Entertainment of the Queen and Prince
A Private Entertainment of the King and Queen
The Entertainment of the Two Kings
An Entertainment of King James and Queen Ann

Masques reprinted from the 1616 Folio
The First, of Blackness
The Second Masque. Which was of Beauty
The Masque with the Nuptial Songs
The Masque of Queens, Celebrated in the House of Fame
The Speeches at Prince Henry's Barriers
Oberon, the Fairy Prince
Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly
Love Restored
A Challenge at Tilt
The Irish Masque
Mercury Vindicated from the Alchymists
The Golden Age Restored

Plays reprinted from the 1640 Folio
Barthol[o]mew Fair
The Staple of News
The Devil is an Ass
The Magnetick Lady
A Tale of a Tub
The Sad Shepherd

Verse and a fragment reprinted from the 1640 Folio
Mortimer his Fall (play)

Masques reprinted from the 1640 Folio
Christmas his Masque
A Masque Presented in the House of the Right Honorable Lord Hay
The Vision of Delight
Pleasure Reconciled to Vertue
For the Honour of Wales
News from the New World Discovered in the Moon
A Masque of the Metamorphos'd Gypsies
The Masque of Augures
Time Vindicated
Neptunes Triumph
Pan's Anniversary: or the Shepherd's Holy-Day
The Masque of Owles
The Fortunate Isles, and their Union
Love's Triumph through Callipolis

Miscellaneous works reprinted from the 1640 Folio
Horace, his art of Poetry
The English Grammar
Timber: or Discoveries

Works New to the 1692 Folio
The New Inn (play)
Leges Convivales

From Whalley's 1756 Edition (1811 reprint)

The Case is Altered (play)

From a Modern Edition

Eastward Ho (play)

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