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TO HIS WORTHY FRIEND, JOHN FORD, UPON HIS 'PERKIN WARBECK', by            
First Line: Let men who are writ poets lay a claim
Last Line: Equal with his in playing the king's part.
Subject(s): Ford, John (1586-1639)


Let men who are writ poets lay a claim
To the Phœbean hill, I have no name
Nor art in verse: true, I have heard some tell
Of Aganippe, but ne'er knew the well;
Therefore have no ambition with the times
To be in print, for making of ill rhymes;
But love of thee, and justice to thy pen,
Hath drawn me to this bar with other men,
To justify, though against double laws,
Waving the subtle business of his cause,
The glorious Perkin, and thy poet's art,
Equal with his in playing the king's part.





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