1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Beaumont

Samuel Sheppard, "On the two admirable Witts, Francis Beaumont, and John Fletcher" Epigrams (1651) 23.



Cease Greece to boast of Aristophanes,
Or of Menander, or Euripides,
The Comick Sock, and Tragick Buskin we
Weare neatest here, in forreigne Brittanie:
Or if you list to struggle for the Bayes,
Wee'l fight with Beaumont's, and with Fletchers Playes.