1614 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

Thomas Freeman, "Ad Samuel Danielem, ut civile bellum perficiat" in Rubbe, and a Great Cast. Epigrams" (1614) sig. I4.



I see not (Daniel) why thou should'st disdaine,
If I vouchsafe thy name amongst my mirth;
Thy Aetas prima was a merry vaine,
Though later Muse tumultuous in her birth:
Know, here I praise thee as thou wast in youth;
Venereous, not mutinous as now;
Thy Infancie I love, admire thy growth,
And wonder to what excellence 'twill grow:
When thou shalt end the broils thou hast begun,
Which none shall do, if thou shalt leave undone.

"Aetas prima canat veneres postrema tumultus": Master Daniels Mott prefixed to most of his Workes.