1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:19.



Benjamin Johnson, the most learned, judicious and correct, generally so accounted, of our English Comedians, and the more to be admired for being so, for that neither the height of natural parts for he was no Shakespear, nor the cost of Extraordinary Education; for he is reported but a Bricklayers Son, but his own proper Industry and Addiction to Books advanct him to this perfection....