1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Howard

John Lord Vaughan, in Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 3:106.



Wonder not, sir, that praises yet ne'er due
To any other are yet heap'd on you:
'Twas envy robb'd you of your praise before;
Men see their faults, and envy now no more.
'Tis but your merit; no can justly such,
Which gave too little once, no give too much.
Your "Princes" do all Poetry surpass
As much as Pen-main-maur exceeds Parnass.
It is so great a prodigy of Wit,
That Art and Nature both fall short of it:
For, leaving Art, and left of Nature too,
Your Poem has no other Muse than you.