1617 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, in Wits Bedlam (1617); British Bibliographer 2 (1812) 264.



Thy sconse, that guards thy wits as it they guard,
Large, round, and sound, yet no whit can be spar'd:
For thy Wits throng, that plenty makes thee scarce,
Which makes thee slow, as sure in prose or verse,
As say thy worst detractors; then, if thou
For all eternity, writ's sure and slowe,
Thy Wits, as they come thronging out of dore,
Do sticke awhile, to spread their praise the more.