1640 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, "To Mr. Ben. Johnson demanding the Reason why he call'd his Playes Works" Wits Recreations (1640) sig. G3v.



TO MR. BEN JOHNSON DEMANDING THE REASON WHY HE CALL'D HIS PLAYES WORKS.
Pray tell me Ben, where doth the mistery lurke,
What others call a play you call a worke.

THUS ANSWER'D BY A FRIEND IN MR. JOHNSON'S DEFENCE.
The authors friend thus for the author sayes,
Bens plays are works, when others works are plaies.