1602 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Z. D., in Beaumont, Metamorphosis of Tobacco (1602) sig. A3.



Graunt me smooth utt'rance Muses to rehearse
The pleasing smoothness of thy worthy verse:
If there be words fram'd by admired wits
To sing thy praise, those words my verse befits,
But such are scant, and there's not one remaines
Can give thee due, none worth enough containes
To sing thy praise in an up-raised strain,
And give desert to thy admired paine:
Feare not the censure of each babbling tongue,
They care not whom they pleasure, whom they wrong:
Respect it not if fooles thy Muse miscall,
Thy paine, her worth deserves applause of all:
In whose adoring if my pen offends,
My heart my pens defaults will make amends.