1612 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

John Taylor the Water Poet, "To my deere respected Friend Mr. Benjamin Johnson" Taylor, The Sculler, rowing from Tiber to Thames (1612) sig. A2v.



Thou canst not dye, for though the stroake of death
Deprives the world of thy worst earthly part:
Yet when thy corps hath banished thy breath,
Thy living Muse shall still declare thy Art.
The fatall Sisters and the blessed Graces,
Were all thy friends at thy nativity:
And in thy minde the Muses tooke their places,
Adoring thee with rare capacitie.
And all the Worthies of this worthy land,
Admires thy wondrous all admired worth,
Then how should I that cannot understand
Thy worth, thy worthy worthinesse set forth.
Yet beare the boldnesse of the honest Sculler,
Whose worthlesse praise can fill thy praise no fuller.
I. T.