1606 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Barnabe Barnes

Thomas Campion, "In honour of the Author" Barnes, Foure Books of Offices (1606) sig. a.



Though neither thou doost keepe the Keyes of State,
Nor yet the counsels (Reader) what of that?
Though th' art no Law-pronouncer mark't by fate,
Nor field commander (Reader) what of that?
Blanch not this Booke; for if thou mind'st to be
Vertuous, and honest, it belongs to thee.

Here is the Schoole of Temperance, and Wit,
Of Justice and all formes that tend to it;
Here Fortitude doth teach to live and die,
Then, Reader, love this Booke, or rather buy.