1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dekker

Charles Dibdin, in Complete History of the Stage (1795) 3:260.



Upon the whole, Decker cannot be ranked with Chapman and Heywood, and it is very probable that he could not have been half so well respected as he was, had not the envy of Jonson, who had he possessed an atom of good sense would have smiled and passed by him, lifted him into a consequence, not only fancied by him but credited by the world.