1633 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Philip Massinger

Thomas Jay, "To his Friend the Author" Massinger, A New Way to pay old Debts (1633) sigs A3v-A4.



You may remember how you chid me when
I ranckt you equall with those glorious men;
Beaumont, and Fletcher: if you love not praise
You must forbeare the publishing of playes.
The craftie Mazes of the cunning plot;
The polish'd phrase; the sweet expressions; got
Neither by theft, nor violence; the conceipt
Fresh, and unsullied; All is of weight,
Able to make the captive Reader know
I did but justice when I plac't you so.
A shamefast Blushing would become the brow
Of some weake Virgin writer, we allow,
To you a kind of pride; and there where most,
Should blush at commendations, you should boast.
If any thinke I flatter, let him looke
Of from my idle trifles on thy Booke.