1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Roe

Ben Jonson, "On Sir John Roe" Jonson, Workes (1616) 777.



What two brave perills of the private sword
Could not effect, not all the furies doe,
That self-divided Belgia did afford;
What not the envie of the seas reach'd too,
The cold of Mosco, and fat Irish ayre,
His often change of clime (though not of mind)
What could not worke; at home in his repaire
Was his blest fate, but our hard lot to find.
Which shewes, where ever death doth please t' appeare,
Seas, serenes, swords, shot, sicknesse, all are there.