1605 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.



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!