1610 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Norden

Joshua Sylvester, "To his Friend Master John Norden" 1610 ca.; Joshua Sylvester, Du Bartas, his Divine Weekes and Workes (1633) 644.



Yet lives Apelles in despight of time,
Though time long since hath worne his tables out,
For the rare Pourtrait of that Monarch stout,
That in young yeares the worlds high throne did climb.
But Norden heer, that doth so lively limme
The blissfull beauties that the heav'ns doe wooe;
Makes th' elder ages, and Apelles too,
Resigne the praises and the prize to him:
The wealth, the worth, the beauty and the state,
That hee depaints, excels Olympia's Sonne;
His matchlesse Art, that never ages shall date,
Hath from the Greeke the goale and glorie won:
Then give it him, for hee that doth deny it,
Is envie's Sonne, and shames not to descrie it.