1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Alleyn

Ben Jonson, "To Edward Allen" Jonson, Workes (1616) 793.



If Rome so great, and in her wisest age,
Fear'd not to boast the glories of her stage,
As skilfull ROSCIUS, and grave AESOPE, men,
Yet crown'd with honors, as with riches, then;
Who had no lesse a trumpet of their name,
Then CICERO, whose every breath was fame:
How can so great example dye in mee,
That, ALLEN, I should pause to publish thee?
Who both their graces in thy selfe hast more
Out-stript, then they did all that went before:
And present worth in all dost so contract,
As others speake, but onely thou dost act.
Weare this renowne. 'Tis just, that who did give
So many Poets life, by one should live.