1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Hugh Holland, "To his worthy Friend, the Author" Jonson, Sejanus (1605) sig. Av2.



In that, this Booke doth deigne SEJANUS name,
Him unto more, then Caesars Love, it brings:
For, where he could not with Ambition's wings,
One Quill doth heave him to the height of Fame.
Yee great-Ones though, (whose ends may be the same,)
Know, that (how ever we do flatter Kings)
Their Favours (like themselves) are fading things.
With no lesse Envie had, then lost with Shame.
Nor make your selves lesse honest then you are,
To make our Author wiser then he is:
Ne of such Crimes accuse him, which I dare
By all his Muses sweare, be none of his.
The Men are not, some Faults may be these Times:
He acts those Men, and they did act these Crimes.