1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Henry Goodere

Ben Jonson, "To Sir Henry Goodyere" Jonson, Workes (1616) 791-92.



GOODYERE, I'am glad, and gratefull to report,
My selfe a witnesse of thy few dayes sport:
Where I both learn'd, why wise-men hawking follow,
And why that bird was sacred to APOLLO,
Shee doth instruct men by her gallant flight,
That they to knowledge so should toure upright,
And never stoupe, but to strike ignorance:
Which if they misse, they yet should re-advance
To former height, and there in circle tarrie,
Till they be sure to make the foole their quarrie.
Now, in whose pleasures I have this discerned,
What would his serious actions me have learned?