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Poem by Ben Jonson


To Censorious Courtling


COURTLING, I rather thou should'st utterly
Dispraise my work, than praise it frostily:
When I am read, thou feign'st a weak applause,
As if thou wert my friend, but lack'dst a cause.
This but thy judgment fools: the other way
Would both thy folly and thy spite betray.



Ben Jonson


Ben Jonson's other poems:
  1. A Hymn to God the Father
  2. Venus' Runaway
  3. The Noble Balm
  4. Living By
  5. Porth Ceiriad Bay


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