1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Bosworth

S. P., "On the deathless Poems of the deceased Author" in Chast and Lost Lovers (1651); Saintsbury, Minor Poets of the Caroline Period (1905-21) 2:529.



Happy young man, who though laid underground,
Thy name to Honour a sure way hath found;
Thy chaste Arcadius shall with Sepha lieve,
Whiles the kind Sun warmth to the Earth shall give.
And every age shall take delight to see
Fair Haemon met with fair Antigone;
Whiles thankful rivers to the seas make haste
Eramio's and Amissa's love shall last;
No more shall Phaon by contempt be led,
But foot to foot shall now with Sappho tread,
And Delithason's youth, and chaste desires
Shall keep more warmth his fair Verista's fires;
Thus whilst that thou with thy immortal lays,
Beauty, and Love, and Innocence doth praise,
That praise which thou to others' works dost lend,
Doth make thine own high as the stars ascend.