1627 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas May

H. V., "To his all-deserving, and learned Friend, the Translator of Lucan: Thomas May, Esquire" May, Lucan's Pharsalia (1627) sig. A7v.



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.