1612 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

Christopher Beeston, "To my good Friend and Fellow, Thomas Heywood" Heywood, An Apology for Actors (1612) sig. a3.



Let others taske things honest: and to please
Some that pretend more strictnesse then the rest,
Exclaime on playes: know I am none of these
That in-ly love what out-ly I detest.
Of all the modest pastimes I can finde,
To content me, of playes I make best use,
As most agreeing with a generous minde.
There see I vertues crowne, and sinnes abuse.
Two houres well spent, and all their pastimes done,
Whats good I follow, and what's bad I shun.