1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Weever

Ben Jonson, Epigram XVIII; Works (1616).



To thee, my way in Epigrammes seemes new,
When both it is the old way, and the true.
Thou saist, that cannot be: for thou hast seene
Davis, and Weever, and the best have beene,
And mine come nothing like. I hope so. Yet,
As theirs did with thee, mine might credit get:
If thou'dst but use thy faith, as thou didst then,
When thou wert wont t' admire, not censure men,
Pr'y thee beleeve still, and not judge so fast,
They faith is all the knowledge that thou hast.