1689 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Edward Howard, in Caroloiades (1689) 137-38.



But more stupendous to his Soul appear'd
Proportions which great Johnsons Form declar'd,
Whose deep Effigies he wish'd longer date
Then Polish'd art in stone cou'd Celebrate.
Admiring next the wit that Crown'd his Bays,
Whose Scenes were works, when most fell short of Plays.
So aptly by his Characters exprest,
That shew'd his artfull hand and Learning blest.
Whilst other Dramaticks like Planets were,
Rambling to find their Center near his Sphere.
A Province Phebus did on him bestow,
When made his Wits Lieutenancy below.