1629 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

George Fortescue, "Upon these Poems of his dearest Brother, Sir John Beaumont, Baronet" Beaumont, Bosworth-field (1629) sig. (a).



When lines are drawn greater than Nature, Art
Commands the Object, and the Eye to part,
Bids them to keepe at distance, know their place,
Where to receive, and where to give their grace;
I am too neere thee, Beaumont, to define
Which of those Lineaments most divine,
And to stand farther off from thee, I chuse
In silence rather to applaude thy Muse,
And lose my censure; tis enough for mee
To joy, my Pen was taught to mone by thee.