1639 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Randolph

Thomas Bancroft, "On Thomas Randall" Two Bookes of Epigrammes, and Epitaphs (1639) sig. A2v.



Who knew not this brave sparke of Phoebus? whose
Both Life and Learning might detraction pose,
Save onely that he dranke too greedily
O' th' Muses Spring, and left the Sisters dry,
Who smiling therefore gave the Fates command
His Body to convert to pearly sand,
And strew it in their Fountaine, there to shine
Like his cleare thoughts, and make their draughts divine.