1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Ben Jonson, "To John Donne" Jonson, Workes (1616) 797.



Who shall doubt, DONNE, where I a Poet bee,
When I dare send my Epigrammes to thee?
That so alone canst judge, so alone dost make:
And, in thy censures, evenly, dost take
As free simplicitie, to dis-avow,
As thou has best authoritie, t' allow.
Reade all I sende: and, if I find but one
Mark'd by thy hand, and with the better stone,
My title's seal'd. Those that for claps do write,
Let pui'nees, porters, players praise delight,
And, till they burst, their backs, like asses load:
A man should seeke great glorie, and not broad.