1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 13-14.



A Writer of Pastoral-Sonnets, and Madrigals, in which kind of Poesie we may easily conclude he excell'd; his Works being collected with those of several other Contemporary Emulators of Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney, in a Volume of Odes of the chief Sonneteers of that Age. He wrote also the two following Poems.

I. Wits private Wealth.
II. The Courtier and the Countryman.

In this last, speaking of Vertue, he has these Lines:

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 Man's Strength, a sick Man's Health,
A Lady's Beauty, a Lord's Bliss,
A matchless Jewel where it is;
And makes, where it is rarely seen,
A Gracious King, and Glorious Queen.