1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

Samuel Daniel, "To my good Friend, M. Sylvester, in honour of this sacred Worke" Joshua Sylvester, Bartas, his Devine Weekes and Workes (1605) sig. B5.



Thus to adventure forth, and re-convay
The best of treasures, from a Forraine Coast,
And take that wealth wherin they gloried most,
And make it Ours by such a gallant pray,
And that without in justice; doth bewray
The glory of the Worke, that we may boast
Much to have wonne, and others nothing lost
By taking such a famous prize away.
As thou industrious SYLVESTER hast wrought,
And heere enritch'd us with th' immortall store
Of others sacred lines: which from them brought
Comes by thy taking greater then before:
So hast thou lighted from a flame devout,
As great a flame, that never shall goe out.