ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
John Taylor the Water Poet
Richard Hatton, in Taylor, An Arrant Thiefe, whom every Man may trust (1622) sig. A2.
John Taylor the Water Poet:
1612: Nicholas Breton
1612: Samuel Rowlands
1614: Rev. Robert Anton
1615: John Davies of Hereford
1615: Thomas Dekker
1616: Rev. Robert Anton
1622: Richard Hatton
1633: Martin Parker
1640: Ben Jonson
1645: Samuel Sheppard
1645: George Wither
1651: Samuel Sheppard
1655: William Winstanley
1743: Alexander Pope
1797: George Dyer
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1847: Edward Farr
1859: David Masson
1866: John Payne Collier
1622: John Taylor the Water Poet
This Water Rat, (or Art) I would commend,
But that I know not to begin or end:
He read his Verses to me, and which more is
Did move my Muse to write Laudem Authoris,
If for his Land Discoveries she should praise him,
Whether would then his liquid knowledge raise him?
Reade his two Treatises of Theefe and Whore,
Youle thinke it time for him to leave his Oare.
Yet thus much of his worth I cannot smother,
'Tis well for us when Theeves peach one another.
The Preface is but poore, 'tis by a Boy done,
That is a Scholler of the School of Croydon,
Who when he hath more yeares and learning got,
Hee'l praise him more or lesse, or not a jot.
Given upon Shrove Tuesday from
our seate, in the second Forme
of the famous free Schoole of
By RICHARD HATTON.