1615 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

Richard Brathwait, "To the Poet-tasters" Strappado for the Divell (1615) 23-24.



And long may Englands Thespian springs be known
"By lovely Wither and by bonny Browne,"
Whilest solid Seldon, and their Cuddy too,
Sing what our (Swaines of old) could never doe.
Yea I do hope, sith they so well can write,
Of Shep-heards sport, and of the fields delight.
That when they come to take a view of th' Court,
(As some have done) and have bin mew'd up for't,
They'l tell her freely, (as full well they may)
That in their Judgements, after due survay,
Of th' Court and th' Cottage, they may well maintain,
Vices in the Court, but vertues in the Swaine;
And happy be those Authors which doe give
Vertue and vice their titles, they shall live
In spite of Envie, when such men as teach
That such be onely vertuous as be rich,
Shall lye inter'd, where fame shall never finde them,
For such doe seldome leave a name behind them.