1597 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gervase Markham

Edward Guilpin, "To his deere Friend Jervis Markham" Markham, Devoreux (1597) sig. A4.



No longer let dismembred Italie
Thinke scorne of our (thought dull for colder) clime;
Wee are not so frost-bitten in the prime,
But blest from heav'n with as great wealth as shee:
With all her Citties shall one, our Cittie
Compare for all the wealth of this rich time;
Thames shall with Po vie Swanns, Swanns musicke chime,
London with subtle Venice, pollicie;
Shee shall drop beauties with faire Genoa,
Though humorous travailers repine thereat:
But not with glorious Florence will they say,
So farre fam'd for her wits triumvirat;
To that proude brag thou, Jervis shalt replie,
Whose Muse in this song gives them all the Lye.