1609 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

Michael Drayton, "To M. John Davies, my good Friend" Davies, The Holy Rood, or Christs Crosse (1609) sig. A3.



Such men as hold intelligence with Letters,
And in that nice and Narrow way of Verse,
As oft they lend, so oft they must be Debters,
If with the Muses they will have commerce:
Seldome at Stawles me, this way men rehearse,
To mine Inferiours, nor unto my Betters:
He stales his Lines that so doeth them disperse.
I am so free, I love not Golden-fetters:
And many Lines fore Writers, be but Setters
To them which Cheate with Papers; which doth pierse,
Or Credits: when we shew our selves Abetters:
To those that wrong our knowledge: we rehearse
Often (my good John; and I love) thy Letters;
Which lend my Credit, as I lend my Verse.