1600 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Weever

T. H., in Weever, Faunus and Melliflora (1600) Sig. A4v.



Faunus a silvan god, and Melliflora
A sacred Nymph, that usde among the woods,
Rose every morning with the bright Aurora,
To gather garlands made of musk-rose buds:
In love they livde long, and in love the dide,
(O wonder not, that gods, and Nymphes can perish)
Oblivion buried them in their chiefe pride:
So all men die whom no sweete Muse doth cherish:
This Aesculapius by his cunning pen,
Revives the dead from their obscured grave,
Such sacred skill hath Art inspir'd in men,
And such a sweete reviving may I have:
All Poets with greene Laurell crowne his head,
Whose pen makes live, such as have long bin dead.