1654 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

W. Martin, "To the Most Worthy Author" in Aylett, Divine and moral Speculations (1654).



Well fare your active soul, that thus you can
Dispense with so much businesse, to scan
Divine and moral vertues, and besides
Visit that Mount whence Aganippe glides,
Which They do seldom use, whose ravell'd wit
On knotty cases of the Law doth sit.
I do admire your temper, minde and vein,
The constancy of your inventive brain,
Variety of matter, your choice theames,
And method, still avoiding all extreams.
Thus have you made a Purchase (of a Name,)
Not subject to be sequestred, your Fame
And Fancy need not feare, or rust, or moth,
Or plundrings of the times, I'le take my Oath.