1622 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

Th. C., "To the impartiall Author" in Wither, Abuses Stript and Whipt (1622) Sig. B5.



George; I did ever thinke thy faithfull breast
Contain'd a minde beyond the common sort;
Thy very looke and honest heart exprest,
And seem'd an awfull mildnesse to import.
Poets may vaunt of smooth and lofty straines;
Thine with thy subject fitly doe agree.
But then thy Muse a better praise obtaines,
For whilst the greatest but Time-pleasures be,
Thou unappald and freely speak'st the truth;
Not any one for feare or lucre sparing:
A vertue rare in age, more rare in youth;
Another Cato, but I thinke more daring.
Well maist thou speed in these tempestuous times;
Thou soone beginst to make the world thy foe,
Yet I so well doe like thine honest Rimes,
That I could wish all Poets would write so:
For thou the way of truth so rightly tend'st,
I hold them double prais'd whom thou commend'st.
Thy deare friend,
Th. C.