1640 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Ben Jonson, in Timber, or Discoveries (1640) 97.



If it were put to the question of the Water-rimers workes, against Spencers; I doubt not, but they would find more Sufferages; because the most favour common vices, out of a Prerogative the vulgar have, to lose their judgements; and like that which is naught.