Master Gascoigne is not to bee abridged of his deserved esteeme, who first beate the path to that perfection which our best Poets have aspired too since his departure.
Thomas Nashe, Preface to Robert Greene's Menaphon (1589), cited from G. Gregory Smith (ed.) Elizabethan Critical Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1904) vol. 1, p. 315.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.George Gascoigne
Suffiseth this to proove my theame withall, That every bullet hath a lighting place.George Gascoigne
I thinke it not amisse to forewarne you that you thrust as few wordes of many sillables into your verse as may be: and hereunto I might alledge many reasons: first the most auncient English wordes are of one sillable, so that the more monasyllables that you use, the truer Englishman you shall seeme, and the lesse you shall smell of the Inkehorne.George Gascoigne
Full many wanton babes have I,Which must be stilld with lullabie.George Gascoigne
From shortly after his death until the present Gascoigne's reputation as the foremost poet of his generation and as a precursor of the great Elizabethans has remained constant.George Gascoigne
And mo the merier is a Prouerbe eke.George Gascoigne
There's nobody at home But Jumping Joan, And father and mother and I.George Gascoigne
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