ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
John Taylor the Water Poet
, "In laudem Authoris" Taylor, The Sculler, rowing from Tiber to Thames (1612) sig. A3v.
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
1612: John Taylor the Water Poet
Wit, Reason, Grace, Religion, Nature, Zeale,
Wrought all together in thy working braine,
And to thy worke did set this certaine seale,
Pure is the cullor that will take no staine.
What need I praise, the worke it selfe doth praise:
In words, in worth, in forme, and matter to,
A world of wits are working many waies,
But few have done, that thou dost truly doe;
Was never Taylor shapt so fit a Coate,
Unto the corps of any earthly creature,
As thou hast made for that foule Romish Goate,
In true description of his devillish nature,
Besides, such matter of judicious wit,
With queint conceits so fitting every fancy,
As well may prove, who scornes and spights at it,
Shall either shew their folly or their franzie.
Then let the Popes Bulls roare, bell, booke and candle,
In all the Devills circuit sound thy curse:
Whilst thou with truth dost every tryall handle,
God blesse thy worke and thou art nere the worse.
And while Hells friends their hatefull foe doe prove thee
The Saints on earth, and God in heaven will love thee.
Thy loving friend Nicholas Bretton.