ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir William Davenant
John Suckling, "To my Friend Will. Davenant" Davenant, Madagascar and other Poems (1638) sig. A5-A6.
Sir William Davenant:
1629: Edward Hyde
1629: William Habington
1637: John Suckling
1638: John Suckling
1638: Thomas Carew
1638: William Habington
1650: Abraham Cowley
1650: Edmund Waller
1651: Samuel Sheppard
1652: Charles Cotton
1653: Sir John Denham
1659: Thomas Pecke
1670: Richard Flecknoe
1683: John Dryden
1690: Anthony Wood
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1709: Thomas Hearne
1734: Alexander Pope
1764: David Erskine Baker
1766 ca.: Samuel Pegge
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Hayley
1789: Rev. Thomas Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1814: Isaac D'Israeli
1819: William Hazlitt
1819: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1837: Henry Hallam
1842: C. H. Timperley
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Edmund Gosse
1637: Sir William Davenant
1637: Ben Jonson
1638: Sir William Davenant
UPON HIS POEM MADACASCAR.
What mighty Princes Poets are? those things
The great ones stick at, and our very Kings
Lay downe, they venture on; and with great ease,
Discover, conquer, what, and where they please.
Some Flegmatick Sea-Captaine, would have staid
For money now, or Victualls; not have waid
Anchor without 'em; Thou, (Will) do'st not stay
So much as for a Wind, but go'st away,
Land'st, View'st the Country; fight'st, put'st all to rout,
Before another cou'd be putting out!
And now the newes in towne is; Dav'nant's come
From Madagascar, Fraught with Laurell home,
And welcome (Will) for the first time, but prithee
In thy next Voyage, bring the Gold too with thee.
ON HIS OTHER POEMS.
Thou hast redeem'd us, Will; and future Times,
Shall not account unto the Age's crimes
Dearth of pure Wit: since the great Lord of it
(Donne) parted hence, no Man has ever writ
So neere him, in's owne way: I would commend
Particulars, but then, how should I end
Without a Volume? Ev'ry Line of thine
Would aske (to praise it right) Twenty of mine.