1619 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Drummond

Ben Jonson, Conversation with Drummond (1619); Drummond, Works (1711) 226.



Here our Author relates, that the Censure of his Verses [by Jonson] was, That they were all good, especially his Epitaph on Prince Henry, save that they smelled too much of the Schools, and were not the fancy of the Times: For a Child (says he) may write after the Fashion of the Greek and Latin Verses in running; yet, that he wished for pleasing the King, that Piece of Forth Feasting had been his own.