1610 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Bolton

Hugh Holland, "To his learned Friend Mr. E. B. the Author upon his Elements of Armorie's" Bolton, The Elements of Amories (1610) sig. A2.



My maister CAMDEN, sacred King of Armes,
Who bounds with heav'n, aswell as sea our soile,
So prosed and so praised hath thy toyle,
As here no need is of my sorry charmes.
To boast it though, my braines, APOLLO warmes,
Where (like in JOVE'S) MINERVA keeps a coile,
Yet I a Drone shall but thy Hony spoile,
Thou art the *Maister-BE of all the swarmes.
Deep is his judgement, spatious is his witte,
And high his fame that can in Armes enfold
What eyther Sea, or Land, or Heaven hold:
Philosophers are in a greevous fitte
To see (whilst Envy doth with Reason Storme)
New ELEMENTS, new MATTER, and new FORM.

* E. B. per Anagramatismum vel Metathesin.