1582 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

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



If graver heades shall count it overlight,
To treate of Love: say thou to them: A staine
Is incident unto the finest die.
And yet no staine at all it is for thee,
These layes of Love, as myrth to melancholy,
To followe fast thy sad Antigone,
Which may beare out a broader worke then this,
Compyl'd with judgement, order, and with arte.
And shrowde thee under shadowe of his winges,
Whose gentle heart, and head with learning fraught
Shall yield thee gracious favour and defence.