1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

William Browne of Tavistock, in Britannia's Pastorals (1616) 2:37.



Johnson whose full of merit to reherse
Too copious is to be confinde in verse;
Yet therein onely fittest to be knowne,
Could any write a line which he might owne.
One, so judicious; so well knowing; and
A man whose least worth is to understand;
One so exact in all he doth preferre
To able censure; for the Theater
Not Seneca transcends his worth of praise;
Who writes him well shall well deserve the Bayes.