1611 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

John Davies of Hereford, "To my well accomplish'd friend Mr. Ben Johnson" in Scourge of Folly (1611 ca.); Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:26.



I love thy parts; so, must I love thy whole;
Then still be whole in thy beloved parts:
Th' art sound in body, but, some say any soule
Envy doth ulcer; yet corrupted hearts
Such censures may have; but, if thou bee
An envious soule, would thou couldst envy mee:
But (ah!) I feare my vertues are too darke
For envie's shadow, from so bright a sparke.