Ben Jonson Quotes

Yet must I not give Nature all; thy art, My gentle Shakespeare, must enjoy a part. For though the poet's matter Nature be, His art doth give the fashion; and, that he Who casts to write a living line, must sweat (Such as thine are) and strike the second heat Upon the Muses' anvil; turn the same (And himself with it) that he thinks to frame, Or, for the laurel, he may gain a scorn; For a good poet's made, as well as born.
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Memory of My Beloved Master, William Shakespeare (l. 55-64). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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