1618 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

Ben Jonson, "To my worthy and honour'd Friend Mr. George Chapman, on his Translation of Hesiods Works, and Dayes" The Georgicks of Hesiod, by George Chapman (1618) sig. A4v.



Whose worke could this be, Chapman, to refine
Olde Hesiods Ore, and give it us; but thine,
Who hadst before wrought in rich Homers Mine?

What treasure hast thou brought us! and what store
Still, still, dost thou arrive with, at our shore,
To make thy honour, and our wealth the more!

If all the vulgar Tongues, that speake this day,
Were askt of thy Discoveries; They must say,
To the Greeke coast thine onely knew the way.

Such Passage hast thou found, such Returnes made,
As, now of all men, it is call'd thy Trade:
And who make thither else, rob, or invade.