1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Cartwright

Humphrey Moseley, "The Stationer" Cartwright, Comedies, Tragi-Comedies, with other Poems (1651) no sig.



Now, Gentlemen, I hope you'll say we are quit,
For here yee have your full Arrears of Wit:
'T hath past the Court, and University,
(Th' old standing Judges of good Poetry:)
Besides, as many Hands attest it here
As there are Shires in England, Weeks i' th' Yeare.
I say Amen to all, like a glad Cleark,
(For those that cannot write may make their Mark.)
I'm sure 'tis new, unsully'd, and unworn,
Though writ before these angry daies were borne.
Six hundred Pages of good Wit? Read, try it:
'Would all that cannot mend this Book would buy it.