ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Richard Benefield, "To his deare Friend Mr. Thomas Randolph, on his Comedie" Randolph, The Jealous Lovers (1632) sig. ¶¶2v.
1632: Edward Hyde
1632: Richard Benefield
1632: James Duport
1635 ca.: Sir Aston Cokayne
1638: Robert Randolph
1638: Edmund Gayton
1638: G. W.
1638: Owen Feltham
1638: R. Gostelow
1639: Thomas Bancroft
1683: John Dryden
1719: Giles Jacob
1757: Henry Dell
1764: David Erskine Baker
1803: Joseph Moser
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1806: Peter L. Courtier
1824: George Dyer
1827: William Goodhugh
1836: Richard Cattermole
1847: Edward Farr
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Edmund Gosse
1914: Edmund Gosse
1632: Thomas Randolph
Friend, I must grieve your poems injur'd be
By that rare vice in poets, Modestie.
If you dislike the issues of your pen,
You have invention, but no judgement then.
You able are to write, but 'tis as true,
Those that were there can judge as well as you.
You onely think your gold adulterate,
When every scale of judgement findes it weight,
And every touchstone perfect. This I'le say,
You contradict the name of your own play:
You are no lover of the lines you writ,
Yet you are jealous still of your own wit.
Rich. Benefield, T. C.