1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

William Winstanley, in Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 124.



He used very much to frequent the Half-Moon Tavern in Aldersgate-street, through which was a common Thorough-fare; he coming late that way, one night, was denied passage, whereupon going through the Sun-Tavern a little after, he said,

Since that the Moon was so unkind to make me go about,

The Sun henceforth shall take my Coin, the Moon shall go without.

His constant humour was to sit silent in learned Company, and suck in (besides Wine) their several Humours into his observation; what was Ore in others, he was able to refine unto himself.