1646 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Samuel Sheppard, in The Times displayed in Six Sestyads (1646) 22.



So His that Divine PLAUTUS equalled,
Whose Commick vain MENANDER nere could hit,
Whose tragick sceans shal be with wonder Read
By after ages for unto his wit
My selfe gave personal ayd I dictated
To him when as Sejanus fall he writ,
And yet on earth some foolish sots there bee
That dare make Randolf his Rival in degree.