1615 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Thomas Dekker, "To my Friend John Taylor" John Taylor, Taylor's Urania (1615) sig. A5-A5v.



Row on (good Water-man) and looke backe still
(Thus as thou do'st) upon the Muses Hill,
To guide thee in thy course: Thy Boate's a Sphaere
Where thine Urania moves divinely-cleere.
Well hast thou Plyd'e, and (with thy learned Oare)
Cut through a River, to a nobler shore
Then ever any landed-at. Thy saile
(Maid all of clowdes) swells with a prosp'rous gale.
Some say, there is a Ferryman of Hell,
The Ferryman of Heav'n, I now know well,
And that's thy Selfe, transporting Soules to blisse,
URANIA sits at Helme and Pilot is;
For Thames, thou hast the lactea via found,
Be thou with bayes (as that with starres is) crown'd.