1606 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Barnabe Barnes

Robert Hasill, "R. H. In commendation of the Author" Barnes, Foure Bookes of Offices (1606) sig. aii.



Some uncouth Muse which mountes upon the wings
Of silver fountains, or sweet breathing windes,
Chaunt out her notes when she divinely sings
To dignifie the state of these foure kindes:
Which Treasurers to moderation bindes.
And gracious prudence to grave men of State,
Where Themis rules of sacred Justice findes;
Where fortitude doth sword-men animate,
O let some potent muse, these great designes relate.

And let bright fame whose worthy spirit pearceth
The worlds whole center and those heavenly speeres,
Assume this taske for him, which here reherseth
These morall Offices of States and Peeres.
And thou that soundest in the prudent eares
Thy golden trumpet of rich Oratorie,
Gracious Thalia, let these learned Queares
Be graced as thou doest, each gracious Story,
That BARNES may live by them, in everlasting glorie.