1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Marston

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. X3.



It is evident that Marston must have lived in Friendship with Ben Jonson at the time of his writing The Malcontent, which Play he has warmly dedicated to him; yet it is probable that Ben's self-sufficiency and natural Arrogance might in time lessen that Friendship; as we afterwards find our Author, in his epistle to the reader, prefixed to his Sophonisba, casting some very severe Glances at the Pedantry and Plagiarism of that Poet, in borrowing Orations from Sallust and other of the classical Writers, and making use of them in his Tragedies of Sejanus and Cataline.