1610 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Bolton

H. C., "To the Gentleman Reader" Bolton, The Elements of Amories (1610) sig. Av.



If thou desire to knowe the reason why,
Thou doo'st in Shield the Armes of honour bear,
This Booke will say that they by nature were
The HIEROGLYPHICKS of Nobility.
It shewes beside, how Art doth beautifie
What Nature doth inspire, and how each-where
All Artes conjoin'd in this Art do appeare,
By structure of a choyce Phylosophie.
GEOMETRIE gives Lines in ordred Place,
Numbers ARITHMETICK, and thou may'st see
How all in OPTICK Colours honour thee.
But since that Virtue which adorn'd the race
From whence thou did'st descend was ground of al,
Have care to follow it, or all will fall.