1592 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

Thomas Nashe, in Pierce Peniless (1592); Censura Literaria 2 (1806) 237.



Some dull-headed divines deeme it no more cunnyng to write an exquisite poem than to preach pure Calvin, or distill the juice of a Commentary into a quarter poem: — but you shall find there goes more exquisite paynes, and puritie of wit, to the writing of one such poem as Rosamond, than to a hundred of your dunsticall sermons.