1635 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Richard Love, in Quarles, Emblems (1635) sig. A3v.



By Fathers, backt; by Holy Writ, led on,
Thou shew'st a way to Heav'n, by Helicon:
The Muses Font is consecrate by Thee,
And Poesie, baptiz'd Divinitie:
Blest soule, that here embark'st: Thou sayl'st apace,
'Tis hard to say, mov'd more by Wit, or Grace;
Each Muse so plyes her Oare: But O, the Sayle
Is fill'd from heav'n with a Divine Gale:
When Poets prove Divines, why should not I
Approve, in Verse, this Divine Poetry?
Let this suffice to licence thee the Presse:
I must no more, nor could the Truth say lesse.
Sic approbavit RICH. LOVE
Procan. Cantabrigiensis.