1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

William Winstanley, Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 99-100.



Nicholas Breton, a writer of Pastoral Sonnets, Canzons, and Madrigals, in which kind of writing he keeps company with several other contemporary Emulators of Spencer and Sir Philip Sidney, in a publish'd Collection of several Odes of the chief Sonneters of that Age. He wrote also several other Books, whereof two I have by me, Wits Private Wealth, and another called The Courtier and the Country-man, in which last, speaking of Vertue, he hath these Verses:

There is a Secret few do know,
And doth in special places grow,
A rich man's praise, a poor man's wealth,
A weak mans strength, a sick mans health,
A Ladies beauty, a Lords bliss,
A matchless Jewel where it is;
And makes, where it is truly seen,
A gracious King, and glorious Queen.