1640 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, "B. H. Approbation of a Copy of Verse" Wits Recreations (1640) sig. D7v.



One of the witty sort of gentlemen,
That held society with learned Ben—
Shew'd him some verses of such Tragique sense
They did his curious eare much violence;
But after Ben had been a kind partaker
Of the sad lines, he needs must know the maker;
What unjust man he was, that spent his time
And banish'd reason to advance his rime:
Nay gentle Ben, replies the gentleman
I see I must support the Poet than;
Although those humble straines are not so fit
For to please you, hee's held a pretty wit;
Is he held so? (saies Ben) so may a goose,
Had I the holding, I would let him loose.