1595 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

Sir John Davies, "To the Author" Chapman, Ovids Banquet of Sence (1595) sig. A3v.



Onely that eye which for true love doth weepe,
Onely that hart which tender love doth pierse,
May read and understand this sacred vierse
For other wits too misticall and deepe:
Betweene these hallowed leaves Cupid dooth keepe
The golden lesson of his second Artist.
For love, till now, hath still a Maister mist
Since Ovids eyes were closd with iron sleepe;
But now his waking soule in Chapman lives,
Which showes so well the passions of his soule,
And yet this Muse more cause of wonder gives,
And doth more Prophet-like loves art enroule:
For Ovids soule, now growne more old and wise,
Poures foorth it selfe in deeper misteries.
I. D. of the middle Temple.