1593 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

George Peele, in "Ad Maecaenatum Prologus" The Honour of the Garter (1593) sig. A4.



Why follow not a thousand that I know,
Fellowes to these, Apolloes favourets:
And leave behind our ordinary groomes,
With triviall humors to pastime the world,
That favours Pan and Phoebus both alike?
Why thither post not all good wits from hence,
To Chaucer, Gower, and to the fayrest Phaer
That ever ventured on great Virgils works?
To Watson, worthy many Epitaphes
For his sweete Poesie, for Amyntas teares
And joyes so well set down.