1603 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

John Davies of Hereford, "To the judicious Reader" Davies, Microcosmos (1603) sig. A4.



Thou seest this great World (Reader) and perchance
Thine Eie is cloid with often seeing it;
Then see the Lesse with noe less circumstance,
And with Wittes Eie, that Monarchy of Witte.
The Heav'ns and Earth, do make the greater World;
And Soule and Bodie, make the Lesse (we prove:)
The Heav'ns doe move the Earth, and they are whrild
By Him, that makes the Soule, the Body move.
Who conquers it (at least) are Monarchs great,
Greater then those that conquered the greater;
For, from their goodnesse Men their greatnes gette,
And they are best, that doe subdue the better:
The great World's good, but better is the least:
Then view it, to subdue it, thou wert best.
JOHN DAVIS.