1629 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Ben Jonson, "On the honor'd Poems of his honored Friend, Sir John Beaumont, Baronet" Beaumont, Bosworth-field (1629) sig. (a)v.



This Booke will live; It hath a Genius: This
Above his Reader, or his Prayser, is.
Hence, then, prophane: Here needs no words expense
In Bulwarkes, Rav'lins, Ramparts, for defense,
Such, as the creeping common Pioners use
When they doe sweat to fortifie a Muse.
Though I confesse a Beaumonts Booke to bee
The Bound, and Frontire of our Poetrie;
And doth deserve all muniments of praise,
That Art, or Ingine, on the strength can raise.
Yet, who dares offer a redoubt to reare?
To cut a Dike? or sticke a Stake up, here,
Before this worke? where Envy hath not cast
A Trench against it, nor a Battry plac't?
Stay till she make her vaine Approaches. Then
If maymed, she come off, Tis not of men
That Fort of so impregnable accesse,
But higher power, as spight could not make lesse,
Nor flatt'ry! but secur'd, by the Authors Name,
Defies, whats crosse to Piety, or good Fame.
And like a hallow'd Temple, free from taint
Of Ethnicisme, makes his Muse a Saint.