1659 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Thomas Pecke, "To the egregious Poet, Sir Will. Davenant" Parnassi Puerperium (1659) 180.



That Ben, whose Head deserv'd the Roscian Bayes,
Was the first gave the Name of Works to Playes:
You, his Corrival, in this Waspish Age,
Are more than Atlas, to the fainting Stage.
Your Bonus Genius, you this way display:
And to delight us, in your Opera.