1638 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Shakerley Marmion

Thomas Nabbes, "To his true Friend, the Author, Maister Shakerley Marmion, etc." Marmion, Cupid and Psyche (1638) sig. B.



What need I racke the limbs of my weake Muse,
To fill a page might serve for better use?
Then make some squint-ey'd Reader censure me
A Flatterer, for justly praising thee?
It is enough, (and in that causes right
Many thy former workes may boldly fight)
He for a good one must this piece allow,
Reades but the Title, and thy Name below.