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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Commendatory Verses
Amicissimo et meritissimo Benj: Jonson: in Volponem
 
QUOD arte ausus es hic tua, Poeta,
Si auderent hominum Deique juris
Consulti, veteres sequi aemularierque,
O omnes saperemus ad salutem.
His sed sunt veteres araneosi;        5
Tam nemo veterum est secutor, ut tu
Illos quod sequeris novator audis.
Fac tamen quod agis; tuique prima
Libri canitie induantur hora;
Nam chartis pueritia est neganda,        10
Nascanturque 1 senes, oportet, illi
Libri, quîs dare vis perennitatem.
Priscis, ingenium facit, laborque
Te parem; hos superes, ut et futuros,
Ex nostra vitiositate sumas,        15
Qua priscos superamus, et futuros.
J. D.    
 
Note 1. l. 11. 1650, Nascunturque [back]
 
 
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