Quotation by Ben Jonson

Rhyme, the rack of finest wits,
That expresseth but by fits
True conceit,
Spoiling senses of their treasure,
Cozening judgment with a measure,
But false weight;
Wresting words from their true calling;
Propping verse for fear of falling
To the ground;
Jointing syllables, drowning letters,
Fastening vowels, as with fetters
They were bound!
Ben Jonson (1572–1637), British dramatist, poet. A Fit of Rime against Rime (l. 1–12). . .

The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.
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