1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Ben Jonson, "To John Donne" Jonson, Workes (1616) 775.



DONNE, the delight of PHOEBUS, and each Muse,
Who, to thy one, all other braines refuse;
Whose every worke, of thy most early wit,
Came forth example, and remaines so, yet:
Longer a knowing, then most wits doe live,
And which no affection praise enough can give!
To it, thy language, letters, arts, best life,
Which might with halfe mankind maintayne a strife.
All which I meant to praise, and, yet, I would;
But leave, because I cannot as I should!