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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Epigrams: To My Mere English Censurer
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
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
Davis 1 and Weever, 2 and the best have been,
And mine come nothing like. I hope so; yet,        5
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 3 men.
Prithee believe still, and not judge so fast:
Thy faith is all the knowledge that thou hast.        10
Note 1. Author of the Scourge of Folly. [back]
Note 2. Compiler of Funeral Monuments. [back]
Note 3. Censure = criticise. [back]

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