1596 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

Thomas Nashe, in Have With You to Saffron-Walden (1596); Watson, Poems, ed. Arber (1870) 16-27.



To a bead-roll of learned men and Lords hee [Gabriel Harvey] appeales, whether he be an Asse or no, in the forefront of whom, he puts M. Thomas Watson, the Poet: A man he was that I dearly lov'd and honor'd, and for all things hath left few his equalls in England, he it was that in the company of divers Gentlemen one night at supper at the Nags head in Cheape; first told me of his vanitie, and those Hexameters made of him

But O what newes of that good Gabriell Harvey

Knowne to the world for a foole and clapt in the Fleet for a Rimer.

He [Harvey] raild uppon me under the name of Piers Pennilesse, and for a bribe that I should not reply on him, praisd me, and reckond me (at the latter end) among the famous Schollers of our time, as S. Philip Sidney, M. Watson, M. Spencer, M. Daniell, whom he hartily thankt, and promised to endow with manie complements for so enriching our English Tongue.