1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Barnabe Barnes

John Marston, in Scourge of Villanie (1598); W. J. Courthope, History of English Poetry (1895-1910) 2:304-05.



Out on Phrigio,
That wished he were his mistress puppy cur to go
And lick his mistress feet! O pretty grace
That pretty Phrigio begs but Pretty's place!
Parthenophil, thy wish I will omit;
So beastly 'tis I may not utter it.
But, Punicus, of all I'll bear with thee,
That fain would be thy mistress "smug monkey."
Here's one would be a flea (jest comical);
Another his sweet lady's verdingal. . .
Another he
Her silver-handed fan would gladly be.
Here's one would be his Mistress necklace fain,
To clip her fair, and kiss her azure vein.
Fond fools, well wished, and pity but should be,
For beastly shapes to brutish souls agree.