ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
T. G., in An Answer to Withers Motto (1625) sig C4-C4v.
1614: John Taylor the Water Poet
1615: Richard Brathwait
1616: William Browne of Tavistock
1622: Th. C.
1625: T. G.
1633: Sr. T. I.
1640 ca.: Thomas Beedome
1645: John Taylor the Water Poet
1646: Samuel Sheppard
1649: Samuel Sheppard
1681: Richard Baxter
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1728: Alexander Pope
1781: Rev. Thomas Warton
1785: Alexander Dalrymple
1800: Octavius Graham Gilchrist
1806: Joseph Dennie
1807: Thomas Park
1812: Thomas Park
1814: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1836: Richard Cattermole
1837: Henry Hallam
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1847: Edward Farr
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: W. T. Arnold
1882: Epes Sargent
1895: W. J. Courthope
1910: Charles Mills Gayley
1625: George Wither
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.—