1606 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, in Second Part of Returne from Pernassus (1606) Sig. B2v.



IUDICIO. The wittiest fellow of a brick-layer in England.

INGENIOSO. A meere Empyrick, one that gets what he hath by observation, and makes only nature privy to what he indites. So slow an inventor, that he were better betake himselfe to his old trade of bricklaying, a bold whorson, as confident now in making a booke, as he was in times past in laying of a bricke.