1648 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Lawes

Robert Herrick, "To M. Henry Lawes, the excellent Composer of his Lyricks" Herrick, Hesperides (1648) 326.



Touch but thy Lire (my Harrie) and I heare
From thee some raptures of the rare Gotire.
Then if thy voice commingle with the String
I heare in thee the rare Laniere to sing;
Or curious Wilson: Tell me, canst thou be
Less then Apollo, that usurp'st such Three?
Three, unto whom the whole world give applause;
Yet their Three praises, praise but One; that's Lawes.