1621 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

A. Magirus, in Aylett, Song of Solomon (1621) sig. A5v.



You carelesse Church-men, that your time mis-spend
In idlenesse, or worldly cogitation,
Learne of the Learned in the Lawes, to spend
Your idle time in holy Meditation.
Devout Civilians of our English Nation,
Besides their true discharge of publique place,
Give faire example, worthy imitation,
By learned Pen, to season soules with grace.
Hayward, in Prose, our Authour here in Verse,
Both Doctors of another facultie,
Doe sacred heav'nly Mysteries reherse,
As if they did professe Divinitie.
Goe on (brave Spirits) while your devouter Lines
Shame them that falsly call themselves Divines.