1606 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Marston

Anonymous, in Second Part of Returne from Pernassus (1606) Sig B2-B2v.



What Monsier Kinsayder, lifting up your legge and pissing against the world, put up man, put up for shame.

Me thinks he is a Ruffin in his stile,
Withouten bands or garters ornament,
He quaffes a cup of Frenchmans Helicon,
Then royster doyster in his oylie tearmes,
Cutts, thrusts, and foynes at whomsoever he meets,
And strowes about Ram-ally meditations.
Tut what cares he for modest close coucht termes,
Cleanly to gird our looser libertines.
Give him plaine naked words stript from their shirts
That might beseeme plaine dealing Aretine:
I there is one that backes a paper steed
And manageth a penknife gallantly.
Strikes his poinardo at a buttons breadth,
Brings the great battering ram of tearmes to townes
And at first volly of his Cannon shot,
Batters the walles of the old lusty world.