1608 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

Ben Jonson, "Epigram. To M. Josuah Sylvester" Joshua Sylvester, Bartas, his Devine Weekes and Workes (1608) sig. B6v.



If to admire were to commend, my Prayse
Might then both thee, thy work and merit raise:
But, as it is (the Child of Ignorance,
And utter stranger to all ayre of France)
How can I speake of thy great paines, but erre?
Since they can only judge, that can confer.
Behold! the reverend Shade of BARTAS stands
Before my thought, and (in thy right) commands
That to the world I publish, for him, This;
BARTAS doth wish thy English now were His.
So well in that are his inventions wrought,
As His will now be the Translation thought,
Thine the Originall; and France shall boast,
No more, those mayden glories shee hath lost.