1582 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

George Buc, "A Quatorzain, in the Commendation of Master Thomas Watson, and of his Mistres, for whom he wrote this Booke" Watson, Passionate Century of Love (1582) sig. *3.



The starr's, which did at Petrarch's byrthday raigne,
Were fixt againe at thy nativity,
Destening thee the Thuscan's poesie,
Who skald the skies in lofty Quartorzain,
The Muses gave to thee thy fatall vaine,
The very same, that Petrarch had, whereby
Madonna Laures fame is growne so hy,
And that whereby his glory he did gaine.
Thou hast a Laure, whom well thou dost commend,
And to her praise thy passion songs do tend;
Yee both such praise deserve, as naught can smother;
In briefe with Petrarch and his Laure in grace
Thou and thy Dame be equall, save percase
Thou passe the one, and she excell's the other.