1647 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

Humphrey Moseley, "The Stationer" Beaumont and Fletcher, Comedies and Tragedies (1647) sig. gv.



As after th' Epilogue there comes some one
To tell Spectators what shall next be shown;
So here, am I; but though I've toyld and vext,
'Cannot devise what to present ye next;
For, since ye saw no Playes this Cloudy weather,
Here we have brought Ye our whole Stock together.
'Tis new, and all these Gentlemen attest
Under their hands 'tis Right, and of the Best;
Thirty foure Witnesses (without my taske)
Y' have just so many Playes (besides a Maske)
All good (I'me told) as have been Read or Playd,
If this Booke faile, tis time to quit the Trade.