1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

Samuel Cobb, in Poetae Britannici (1700) 11.



Fletcher, whose Wit, like some Luxuriant Vine,
Profusely wanton'd in each Golden Line:
Who, prodigal of Sense, by Beaumont's care,
Was prun'd so wisely, and became so fair:
Could from his copious Brain new Humours bring,
A bragging Bessus, or inconstant King.
Could Laughter now, now melting pity raise
In his Amyntor's and Aspasia's.
But Rome and Athens must the Plots produce,
With France, the Handmaid of the English Muse.