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Anagramma ex Camdeno.
Bonus, ut sol clarus.
In life upright, and therefore rightly good,
Bright as the sun, good ever to advance
Good in the virtue of his powerful arm,
For when he died and left his fame behind,
Dignum laude virum
END OF FAME'S MEMORIAL.
ON THE BEST OF ENGLISH POETS,
So seems a star to shoot; when from our sight
With popular opinion, aim'd at name
Drawn to the life of every eye and limb,
appear, Survey him in his Works, and know him there.
' It does not appear that Ford had any personal friendship with Jonson; though he might perhaps have known and been known to him; since Ben bad, as he says, from his first entrance into life, cultivated an acquaintance with the most celebrated professors of the law. As far, however, as respects their dramatic career, they have nothing in common; for Jonson had, in some measure, withdrawn from the stage many years before Ford's first published piece appeared on it. Jonson produced but one play the Staple of News) during the long period of fourteen years, (from 1616 to 1630;) nor would be, perhaps, have returned to the theatre, had not disease and its concomitant, want, compelled his ‘faint and faltering tongue,' as he pathetically says, to have recourse to it, for the means of an immediate though temporary relief. It is evident, however, that our poet entertained a great degree of kindness and respect for Jonson, with whose friends he seems to have been chiefly conversant.
Burton, Robert, i. 58.
ABSURD! i. 268.
ban-dog, ii. 526.
casting bottles, ii. 143.