1599 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Joseph Hall

John Marston, in "To his friend Master E. G." in Scourge of Villanie (1599); Corser, Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 9 (1879) 25.



Smart jerk of wit! Did ever such a straine
Rise from an Apish schoole-boyes childish braine?
Dost thou not blush, good Ned, that such a scent
Shold rise from thence where thou hadst nutriment?
Shame to Opinion, that perfumes his dung,
And streweth flowers rotten bones among.
Juggling Opinion, thou inchanting witch
Paint not a rotten post with colours rich.