1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Beaumont

Richard Ryan, in Poetry and Poets: being a Collection of the choicest Anecdotes relative to the Poets of every Age and Nation (1826) 1:268.



Beaumont, usually the poetical partner with Fletcher, wrote a poem, entitled "The Hermaphrodite." It was printed singly, in 4to. 1602. Beaumont has prefixed to his Hermaphroditus a few lines, by way of introduction, which conclude with a very odd wish, viz.

I hope my poem is so lively writ,
That thou wilt get half mad with reading it.