ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
John Davies of Hereford
Edward Sharphell, "To my beloved Master, John Davies, my good Friend" Davies, Humours Heav'n on Earth (1605) sig. A3v.
John Davies of Hereford:
1603: John Davies of Hereford
1603: Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey
1603: Nicholas Deeble
1605: Edward Sharphell
1605: Robert Cox
1609: Michael Drayton
1614: Thomas Freeman
1616: William Browne of Tavistock
1845: Edward Farr
1847: Edward Farr
1866: John Payne Collier
1894: Edmund Gosse
1605: John Davies of Hereford
When I thy Reasons weigh, and meat thy Rime,
I find they have such happy weight and measure,
As makes thy Lines extend to After-times,
To leade them to a Masse of Wisedomes Treasure.
With weighty Matter so thou load'st thy Lines,
As to dimme sights they oft seeme darke as Hell;
But those cleere eies that see their deepe designes,
Do joy to see much Matter coucht so well!
But these thy Numbers most familiar bee;
Because strange Matter planely they recount:
For which Men shall familiar be with thee
That know thee not; and, make thy fame to mount.
I know no Tongues-man more doth grace his Tong
With more materiall Lines, as streight as strong!