1614 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Robert Anton, in Taylor, The Nipping or Snipping of Abuses (1614) sig. ¶3v.



What element all sperme, begot a sparke
Of such conceited influence: bearing the marke
Of such digestion, in his well knit rimes,
As if that Maro rebaptized our times,
With well proportion'd judgement? his thy note,
Destruction knowes not from a graver cote.
Oh where are you, stil'd by the happie names
Of loves sole heires: sleepes your immortall flames,
In their originall dulnesse see a good?
Borne in the veine of farre inferiour blood.
Taylor, I have tooke measure of thy paines,
Do charge my bill with love, and there's my gaines.
Thine in the best of friendship,
Robert Anton.