1654 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

R. Beaumont, Bart., "To the Noble Author of the Poems" in Aylett, Divine and moral Speculations (1654).



Books are as Pourtraicts of the Inward man,
They are true Limmers of his minde, nor can
The Pencil draw the Face more perfectly,
Then doth the Pen the Fancie, as we see
In this choice Piece of yours, which doth display
The motions of your soul, and many a ray
Of Piety and Vertue, which do shine
Through the whole book in every page and line.
This work is like your Statue cut in brasse,
Which may with Time it self for durance clash.