1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

Robert Cox, "To my entirely beloved, Master, John Davies" Davies, Humours Heav'n on Earth (1605) sig. A4.



In all thy Writings thou hast such a Vaine,
As but thy selfe thy selfe canst counterfet;
Which, lying farre beyond the vulgar straine,
Is harder well to open then to get.
Few idle words thou hath to answer for
In all thy workes; but, thou dost merite much
(Nay supererogate) who dost abhorre
Superfluous words, though thine be over-rich!
Both Words and Matter do so well agree,
To glorifie themselves in either kinde,
That we must needs renowne both them, and thee,
Who neerely sought (for us) the same to finde:
Thy Numbers flow from such a Minds excess,
As all seeme Raptures, in all happiness!