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.
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
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!