1606 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Barnabe Barnes

W. Percy, "To Master Barnabe Barnes, this Madrigall upon his Booke" Barnes, Foure Bookes of Offices (1606) sig. a.



If all the world were sought from Malta to Mone,
From candid Gaule, to black-brow'd Calicute;
No frame more various mought have been made one
In ev'ry joynt, or point like absolute:

For as some Spirits while they have beene attent
On states of Princes, and on earthly right,
Have follow'd the worldly side, with that intent,
And yet unmindfull of the highest Sprite.

Others againe (too much I ween yblent
With heavenly zeale and with Religion)
Have for the same the Secular forwent:
So if a meane there be (as meane but one
To twine the Crossier with the sword atone)
O let me then (with licence) to avow,
T'will, right Paladine, be by onely you.