1665 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Flecknoe

William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, in Flecknoe, Enigmatical Characters (1665); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 4 (1816) 438.



Fleckno! thy Characters are so full of wit
And Fancy, as each word is throng'd with it:
Each line's a volume; and who reads would swear—
Whole libraries were in each Character.
Nor arrows in a quiver stuck, nor yet
Lights in the starry skies are thicker set,
Nor quils upon the armed porcupine,
Than Wit and Fancy in this work of thine.