1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Samuel Sheppard, "To the hopefull and excellently ingenious, Mr. John Quarles" Sheppard, Epigrams (1651) 161.



It were a Treason, 'gainst Apollo's Gam,
Should I not consecrate one Epigram
To thee (sweet Quarles) whose Person though I ne'r
Did blesse my eyes with, I affect most dear,
Heyre to thy Fathers Genius, Hee whose Braine
Measur'd the Earth, and Fathomed the Maine,
Whose Theologick Layes I do admire,
Who drew the Starr's down with his Thespian Lyre.
How like thy Father dost thou strike the Strings,
Soaring aloft, borne on those very wings
Rap't him to the third Heaven, where hee's now,
Wearing as faire an Anadem on's brow
As god-like Bartas claimes, go thou on,
And doubt not of a Chaplet, and a Throne.