1600 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Ben Jonson, in Breton, Melancholike Humours (1600) sig A4v.



Thou, that wouldst finde the habit of true passion,
And see a minde attir'd in perfect straines;
Not wearing moodes, as gallants doe a fashion,
In these pide times, only to shewe their braines,
Looke here on Bretons worke, the master print:
Where, such perfections to the life doe rise.
If they seeme wry, to such as looke asquint,
The fault's not in the object, but their eyes.
For, as one comming with a laterall viewe,
Unto a cunning piece wrought perspective,
Wants facultie to make a censure true:
So with this Authors Readers will it thrive:
Which being eyed directly, I divine,
His proofe their praise, will meete, as in this line.