1612 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Peacham

William Segar, "Upon the Author and his Minerva" Peacham, Minerva Britanna (1612) sig. B3-B3v.



All eies behold, and yet not all alike,
Effects, and defects, both are in the eie,
As when an object gainst the eie doth strike,
Th' imagination straightwaies doth implie
Shapes, or what else the object doth present,
Weaker or stronger, as the sight is bent.

Within the minde two eies there are have sight,
To judge of things interiour having sence;
Foresight, and Insight, Judgment makes them bright,
And most perspicuous through intelligence.
Foresight, foreseeth harmes, that may ensue:
Insight, doth yeild to reason what is due.

Then let not men deeme all with corp'rall ei'ne,
Eies may deluded be by false illusions:
Eies may be partiall, eiesight may decline
By weaknes, age, or by abusions.
Pride, envie, folly, may the sight pervert,
And make the eie transgresse against the heart.

With outward ei'ne first view, and marke this booke,
Variety of objects much will please;
With inward ei'ne then on the matter looke,
Foresee the Authours care, and little ease
T' invent, t' imprint, and publish for delight,
And for reward but craves your good insight.

Peacham my friend, I must confesse to thee,
My Insights but weake; such as it is,
I verdict thus, no better worke I see
Of this same kinde, nothing I finde amisse,
If any fault there be, it is not thine,
The fault shall rest in mens imperfect ei'ne.
William Segar Garter . Principall king of Armes.