1654 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

Anonymous, "To his worthily Honoured Friend" in Aylett, Divine and moral Speculations (1654).



Though the Castalian Dames, (and all the rest,
Of Women kinde) love youthful spirits best,
Yet I have known them oftentimes inspire
Autumnal braines with heats of Enthean fire;
Nay, 'tis observ'd in those whom Phoebus loves
The more the sense impaires, the soul improves,
He darts on aged trees so bright a stroak,
As on the Stander of a lustie Oke.