1589 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Greene

Edward Rainsford, in Greene, Ciceronis Amor, Tullies Love (1589) sig. A4.



Now bloomes the blossomes of faire Adons flower,
Cupid stolne from Paphos secrete shrine,
Diana lurkes, shee and hir nymphes doe lower,
Bacchus that tempers sacred Love with wine,
Ceres and all the gods have made agree,
That Love is god and there is none but hee.
The Poemes wanton Ovid set in verse
His art of love that banisht him from Roome,
Did never such quaint Amorets reherse,
As are deciphred under Tullies doome,
Whose Romain phrase fetcht from Parnassus hill,
Saies none but Tully in the depth of skill.