1612 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Peacham

Thomas Heywood, "Upon the Author and his Minerva" Peacham, Minerva Britanna (1612) sig. B3.



Pallas thou hast a second champion bred,
As great in Artes, as was stout DIOMED
In Armes; that gainst enraged MARS could stand,
And dar'd to wound faire VENUS in the hand:
The ARGIVE fleete his sole Arme could defend,
And with the Gods he durst alone contend;
All this thy influence gave, and more desired,
Like power thou hast into this braine inspired:
Thy champion too, whose Artes are fam'd as farre,
As was TYDIDES for his deedes of warre.
We know thou art MINERVA that alike
Hold'st Artes and Armes, canst speake as well as strike.