1589 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Greene

Thomas Burneby, in Greene, Ciceronis Amor, Tullies Love (1589) sig. A4.



Varro and Tucca wrote of Maroes verse,
And Dares dared to tell of Homers skill,
Of Ovids workes Latins have made reherse,
And Poets have discourst of Pindars quill,
Many have writ Cosmographie of lands,
And tolde of Gihon and of Tagus sands.
Of Helens beauty and of Ledas hew,
The winged fancies of the learnd have tolde,
But of the prowdest Poets old or new,
Who dard sweete Tullies fancies once unfolde,
As far to hie for all that yet hath beene:
Then give the palme and glory unto Greene.