ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
John Taylor the Water Poet
, "To my loving Friend John Taylor" Taylor, The Sculler, rowing from Tiber to Thames (1612) sig. A4.
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
1615: Thomas Collins
Ferris gave cause of vulgar wonderment,
When unto Bristow in a Boate he went:
Another with his Sculler ventered more,
That Row'd to Flushing from our English shoare.
Another did devise a woodden Whale,
Which unto Callice, did from Dover saile,
Another, with his Oares and slender Wherry,
From London unto Antwerpe o'er did ferry.
Another, maugre fickle fortune's teeth,
Rowed hence to Scotland, and ariv'd at Leeth.
But thou hast made all these but triviall things,
That from the Tower thy watry Sculler brings
To Hellicon: most sacred in account,
And so arrived at Pernassus Mount:
And backe returnd laden with Poets wit,
With all the muses hands to witnesse it:
Who on their Sculler doth this praise bestowe,
Not such another on the Thames doth rowe.
Thy loving friend SAMUEL ROWLANDS.