1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

George Chapman, in Jonson, Sejanus (1605) sig. Av.



Come forth SEJANUS, fall before this Booke,
And of thy Falles Reviver, aske forgivenesse,
That thy lowe Birth and Merits, durst to looke
A Fortune in the face, of such unevennesse;
For to his fervent love to Vertue, hates,
That her pluckt plumes should wing Vice to such calling,
That he presents thee to all marking States,
As if thou hadst beene all this while in falling.
His strong Arme plucking, from the Midle-world,
Fames Brazen House, and layes her Towre as lowe,
As HOMERS Barathrum; that, from Heaven hurld,
Thou might'st fall on it: and thy Ruines growe
To all Posterities, from his worke, the Ground,
And under Heav'n, nought but his Song might be found.
Haec Commentatus est
Georgius Chapmannus.