1663 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Beaumont

Anonymous, "On Mr. Beaumont" Recreation for Ingenious Head-peeces (1663) sig. O5.



He that hath such acutenesse, and such wit,
As well may ask six lives to manage it;
He that hath writ so well, that no man dare
Deny it for the best; let him beware:
Beaumont is dead, by whose sole death appears,
Wit's a disease consumes men in few years.