1600 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Bodenham

R. Hathway, "Of the Booke" Bel-vedere (1600) sig. A8v.



The sundry beames proceeding from one Sunne,
The hive where many Bees their honey bring,
The Sea, to which a thousand rivers runne,
The garden where survives continuall spring,
The Trophee hung with divers painfull hands,
Abstract of knowledge, Briefe of Eloquence,
Aiding the weake, preserving him that stands:
Guide to the soule, and ruler of the sense.
Such is this Volume, and the fraight hereof,
How-ever ignorance presume to scoffe.