1641 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Beedome

W. C., "On his deserving Friend, Master Thomas Beedom, and his Poems, in Beedome, Poems (1641) sig. A5.



How fond is this age growne! 'twill scarce admit,
Distinction betweene ignorance and wit,
Each weares the others habit, neither's knowne,
By the wanted proper dresse, that was its owne.
And every day new Authors doe appeare,
As they the paper Merchants factors were,
And boast themselves the muses sons, when they,
Rime only for some life-preserving pay.
Expect here now such Author, if thou't looke,
On th' inside more then th' outside of the Booke,
Put on thy judgements eyes, and thou shalt find,
This Authors fancy rich, as was his mind.