1625 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

T. G., in An Answer to Withers Motto (1625) sig C4-C4v.



You have no Sampsons strength, great weight to beare,
Nor would a Lions skinne with Herc'les weare;
Why what a quoile is here? Yet for the first,
How doe you know your deeds shall not be curst?
Can humane wisdome be so provident
The end of things before hand to prevent?—
If you had thought so to displease the King,
You would have sure forborne such times to sing.
So that you see your selfe your selfe correct,
And may for many other things be checkt.
You will not scoffe at weake and slender rimes,
And yet inveigh gainst vanitie of times.
You scorne what earth affoords, — yet take in worth,
What so your wit and labours can bring forth:
Come, if you get it, purse the gold, and spare not
But run not forth so fast to say, you care not:—
As for your strength and beautie; they are gifts
Not in your power to take, or chuse: no shifts
Can shun them, when God tends: but you must have
Even that, which in your heart you would not crave:
And why have you them not, as you do say,
Because you would the jesting wanton play,
With Statesmen, Ladies, Millstones, Porters strong,
Or Packhorses; Come leave, 'tis a poore song.—