1584 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

Barnabe Rich, "In Praise of the Author" in Lodge, An Alarum against Usurers (1584) sig. A4.



If that which warnes the young beware of vice,
And schooles the olde to shunne unlawfull gaine,
If pleasant stile and method may suffice,
I thinke thy travaile merits thankes for paine,
My simple doome is thus in tearmes as plaine:
That both the subject and thy stile is good,
Thou needs not feare the scoffes of Momus brood.

If thus it be, good Lodge continue still,
Thou needst not feare Goose sonne or Ganders hisse,
Whose rude reportes past from a slaundrous quill,
Will be determined but in reading this,
Of whom the wiser sort will thinke amis,
To slaunder him whose birth and life is such,
As false report his fame can never tuch.