1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Roe

Ben Jonson, "On Sir John Roe" Jonson, Workes (1616) 775-76.



In place of scutcheons, that should decke thy herse,
Take better ornaments, my teares, and verse.
If any sword could save from Fates, ROE'S could;
If any Muse out-live their spight, his can;
If any friends teares could restore, his would;
If any pious life ere lifted man
To heaven; his hath: O happy state! wherein
Wee, sad for him, may glorie, and not sinne.