ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
H. V., "To his all-deserving, and learned Friend, the Translator of Lucan: Thomas May, Esquire" May, Lucan's Pharsalia (1627) sig. A7v.
1627: Ben Jonson
1627: H. V.
1645: George Wither
1646: Samuel Sheppard
1661 ca.: Andrew Marvell
1670 ca.: Lord Clarendon
1764: David Erskine Baker
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1810: Barron Field
1814: George Dyer
1821: Mary Russell Mitford
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1827: Henry Neele
1837: Henry Hallam
1627: Thomas May
Pompey and Caesar Worthies, more then Men
Are more then Worthy of a lasting Storie,
And Worthy more then of a vulgar pen
To raise the Trophies of deserved glory.
Who now is fit but May, as Lucan then?
Change but the Language, and the sooth to say,
May is their Lucan, and their Lucan, May.
Forward sweet Freind; led by rich Lucans vaine
Nor is thy praise the lesse, but more thy paine.