1595 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Alabaster

Edmund Spenser, in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe (1595); Poetical Works, ed. De Selincourt (1909) 540.



And there is Alabaster thoroughly taught
In all this skill, though knowen yet to few;
Yet were he knowne to Cynthia as he ought,
His Eliseis would be redde anew.
Who lives that can match that heorick song,
Which he hath of that mightie Princesse made?
O dreaded Dread, do not thy selfe that wrong,
To let thy fame lie so in hidden shade;
But call it forth, O call him forth to thee,
To end thy glorie which he hath begun:
That when he finisht hath as it should be,
No braver Poeme can be under Sun.