1603 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

Charles Fitzgeffrey, "Upon the Discoverie of the little World by Master John Davies" Davies, Microcosmos (1603) sig. B3-B3v.



Goe Drake of England, Dove of Italie,
Unfolde what ever Neptunes armes infolde,
Travell the Earth (as Phoebus doth the skie)
Till you begette newe Worlds upon this olde.
Would any wonders see, yet live at rest,
Nor hazard life upon a dangerous shelfe?
Behold, thou bear'st a World within thy brest,
Take ship at-home, and sayle about thy selfe.
This Paper-Bark may be thy Golden-Hinde,
Davies the Drake and true discov'rer is,
The end, that thou-thy-selfe thy-selfe maist finde;
The prize and pleasure thine, the travell his:
See here display'd, as plaine as knowledge can,
This little World, this wondrous Ile of Man.