1606 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Thomas Dekker, in A Knight's Conjuring (1606); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 1:412.



Marlow, Greene, and Peele had got under the shades of a large vyne, laughing to see Nash (that was but newly come to their colledge) still haunted with the sharpe and satyricall spirit that followed him heere upon earthe: for Nash inveyed bitterly (as he had wont to do) against dryfisted patrons, accusing them of his untimely death, because if they had given his muse that cherishment which she most worthily deserved, hee had fed to his dying day on fat capons, burnt sack and sugar, and not so desperately have venturde his life, and shortned his dayes by keeping company with pickle herrings.