1600 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Bodenham

A. B., "Of this Garden of the Muses" Bel-vedere (1600) sig. A7v.



Thou which delight'st to view this goodly plot,
Here take such flowres as best shal serve thy use,
Where thou maist find in every curious knot,
Of speciall vertue, and most precious juyce,
Set by Apollo in their severall places,
And nourished with his celestiall Beames,
And watered by the Muses and the Graces,
With the fresh dew of those Castalian streames.
What sente or colour canst thou but devise
That is not here, that may delight the sense?
Or what can Art or Industry comprize,
That in aboundance is not gather'd hence?
No Garden yet was ever halfe so sweet,
As where Apollo and the Muses meet.