TO MY MERE ENGLISH CENSURER.|
by Ben Jonson
TO thee my way in epigrams seems new,
When both it is the old way and the true.
Thou sayst that cannot be, for thou hast seen
Davies and Weever, and the best have been,
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.
Prithee believe still, and not judge so fast,
Thy faith is all the knowledge that thou hast.
Jonson, Ben. "To my mere English censurer."
Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 495.
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