1597 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Edward Dyer

Henry Lok, "To the worthy Knight, Sir Edward Dyer, Chauncellor of the most honourable Order of the Garter" Lok, Ecclesiates (1597) Sig. X6v.



Not last nor least, for common good desarts
I you repute, though fortune point your place:
Your love to vertue winneth many harts,
And vertues followers do your love imbrace.
I know my argument requires no grace;
Because grace it doth send, it brings delight:
For both all sue, all love their pleasing face,
Yet vainely world, for both of them doth fight.
To make more plaine the way for every wight,
This princely moderator paines did take,
Which (to your equals) men of learned sight,
A full accord (if well judg'd worke) will make:
You then kind Courtier and sound scholler knowne,
Accept, reade, and protect these as your owne.