1611 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

John Davies of Hereford, "To the well-deserving Mr. John Fletcher" in Scourge of Folly (1611); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 14.



Love lies a bleeding, if it should not prove
Her utmost art to shew why it did love.
Thou being the subject now it reigns upon,
Reign'st in art, judgment, and invention:
For this I love thee, and can do no less,
For thine as fair, as faithful Shepherdess.