1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Marston

Joseph Hall, "Epigram which the Author Virgidemiarum caused to be pasted to the latter page of every Pigmalion that came to the Stationers of Cambridge" (1598); Corser, Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 9 (1879) 25.



I ask't Phisitions what their counsell was
For a mad dogge, or for a mankind Asse?
They told me though there were confections store
Of Poppie-seede, and soveraigne Hellebore,
The dog was best cured by cutting and kinsing
The Asse must be kindly whipped for winsing.
Now then S. K. — I little passe
Whether thou be a mad dog, or a mankind Asse.