To The True Master In His Art, B. Jonson,|
On His Volpone
Forgive thy friends; they would, but cannot praise
Enough the wit, art, language of thy plays.
Forgive thy foes; they will not praise thee: why?
Thy fate hath thought it best, they should envy.
Faith, for thy Fox's sake, forgive, then, those
Who are nor worthy to be friends nor foes;
Or, for their own brave sake, let them be still
Fools at thy mercy, and like what they will.
The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher.
George Darley, ed.
London: George Routledge and Sons, 1883. 712.
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