1638 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Farley

Thomas Beedome, "To the ingenious Author on his Latin and English Morall Emblems" Farley, Lychnocausia (1638) sig. A6v.



Two lights within two severall Spheares were hurld,
In the divided Chaos of the World,
When like an Embryo this whole Masse of Clay,
Before the Fiat, yet imperfect lay.
And being brought to birth, by him whose power
Hath all Eternity; and yet no how'r:
The day was subject to the Nobler light,
And to the lesser did obey the Night.
So in this Midwifery of wit, by Thee
Delivered, two lights, two Subjects be.
Thy nobler Roman stile to day-borne men
Children of Arts, directs thy Latin pen.
And that the duller ignorant might see,
They have a Mother Moone begot by Thee;
Thine as Gods creatures serve to leade the way
To him that gave a night, succeeding Day.