1639 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Thomas Bancroft, "To Francis Quarles" Two Bookes of Epigrammes, and Epitaphs (1639) sig. F3.



My Muse did purpose with a pious strife
To have trac'd out my sinlesse Saviours life:
But thou hadst lanch'd into the Maine (I heare)
Before my Barke was rigg'd; which shall forbeare
To interrupt so prais'd an enterprize,
('Bout which with Quarles no quarrells shall arise)
Ply then thy steerage, while deficient gales
My wishes still supply, and swell thy sailes.