1637 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

John Suckling, in "A Sessions of the Poets" 1637; Suckling, Fragmenta Aurea (1646) 8.



Will. Davenant asham'd of a foolish mischance
That he had got lately travelling in France,
Modestly hoped the handsomnesse of's Muse
Might any deformity about him excuse.

And
Surely the Company would have been content,
If they could have found any President;
But in all their Records either in Verse or Prose,
There was not one Laureat without a nose.