Wednesday, November 03, 2010

[Hannah]: everyone gets defensive

"To the Soure Reader"

If thou dislik'st the Piece thou light'st on first;
Thinke that of All, that I have writ, the worst:
But if thou read'st my Book unto the end,
And still do'st this, and that verse, reprehend:
O Perverse man! If All disgustfull be,
The Extreame Scabbe take thee, and thine, for me.

-Robert Herrick, Hesperides, quoted in Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book.


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