1627 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Michael Drayton, in "To Henry Reynolds" Battaile of Agincourt (1627) 207.



Next these, learn'd Johnson, in this List I bring,
Who had drunke deepe of the Pierian spring,
Whose knowledge did him worthily prefer,
And long was Lord here of the Theater,
Who in opinion made our learn'st to sticke,
Whether in Poems rightly dramatique,
Strong Seneca or Plautus, he or they,
Should beare the Buskin, or the Socke away.