1603 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

Anonymous, "Upon Master John Davies, beginning his Discoverie of the little World with a Preface unto the most high and mighty Prince James the first" Davies, Microcosmos (1603) sig. B3.



So, ere he dare adventure on the Maine,
The prudent Sailoure prostrate on the shoare
Makes first his vowes unto the swan-bred Twaine,
And their aspect religiously implores:
So, ere unto the Ocean he sets-forth,
Who is this lesse Worlds great Discoverer,
He turns his eies unto the hopeful North,
And views the Cynosure that shineth there.
Auspicious Star, at whose divine arise
Earth did put out of her saddest maske of Night,
Shine mildely on him, who beholdes thine Eies,
As sole directors of his course aright.
So that the great world may the lesse world see
By that faire Light he borrowed first of thee.