1602 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Marston

John Manningham, 21 November 1602; in Diary, ed. Bruce (1868) 86.



Jo. Marstone the last Christmas he daunct with Alderman Mores wives daughter, a Spaniard borne. Fell into a strang commendation of hir witt and beauty. When he had done, shee thought to pay him home, and told him she thought he was a poet. "'Tis true," said he, "for poets fayne and lye, and soe dyd I when I commended your beauty, for you are exceeding foule."