1582 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

Matthew Roydon, "To the Author" Watson, Passionate Century of Love (1582) sig. *4.



Its seldome seene that Merite hath his due,
Or else Dezerte to find his just desire:
For nowe Reproofe with his defacing crewe
Treades underfoote that rightly should aspyre:
Milde Industrie discourag'd hides his face,
And shuns the light, in feare to meete Disgrace.
Seld seene said I (yet alwaies seene with some)
That Merite gains good will, a golden hyre,
With whome Reproofe is cast aside for scumme;
That growes apace that vertue helps t' aspire;
And Industrie well chearish't to his face
In sunshine walkes, in spight of sowre Disgrace.
This favour hath put life into the pen,
That heere presentes his first fruite in this kinde:
He hopes acceptance, friendly graunte it then;
Perchaunce some better worke doth stay behinde.
My censure is, which reading you shall see,
A Pythy, sweete, and cunning poesye.