1638 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Shakerley Marmion

Richard Brome, "To his worthy Friend, Master Shakerley Marmion, upon his Poem of Cupid and Psyche" Marmion, Cupid and Psyche (1638) sig. A4.



To give the world assurance, in this cold
And leaden age, that Love must ne'er be old,
Cupid and Psyche thou hast rendered more
Youthful and faire, than did the age of gold:
And if the sweetnesse they had heretofore
Found least decay, thou dost it now restore
With large encrease; instructing Love to love,
And in his Mistresse more affection move,
In this thy Poem; which thou hadst a pen
From Love's owne wing to write, powerfull above
His shafts: For thou some Iron-hearts of men
Hast made in love with Poesie; that till then
Could not discern her beauty, and lesse see
Her exc'lence, as it is drawne out by thee,
In perfect Love-lines: Cupid smiles to see't,
And crowns his Mistresse with thy Poetry,
Compos'd of syllables, that kisse more sweete
Then Violets and Roses when they meet:
And we, thine Arts just Lovers, as we looke
On Cupid kissing Psyche, kisse thy Booke.