1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 91.



A facetious Doctor of Physick who Flourished in the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's Reign. He was a Man of Learning, and more good Nature than is generally to be found amongst the Modern Practisers in the Aesculapian Art. He was famous at Pastoral, Odes, and Songs, and the following amorous Sonnet is ascribed to him.

If I must Die, O let me chuse my Death:
Suck out my Soul with Kisses, cruel Maid!
In thy Breasts Crystal Balls embalm my Breath,
Dole it out in Sighs when I am laid;
Thy Lips on mine like Cupping Glasses Clasp;
Let our Tongues meet, and strive as they would sting:
Crush out my Wind with one straight girting Grasp,
Stabs on my Heart keep time whilst thou dost Sing.
Into Heaven's Joys none can so clearly see,
As when they first shall meditate on thee.