1600 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Bodenham

A. M., "To his loving and approved good Friend, Mr. John Bodenham" Bel-vedere (1600) sig. A7.



To thee that art Arts lover, Learnings friend,
First causer and collectour of these flouers:
Thy paines just merit, I in right commend,
Casting whole years, months, weeks and daily hours.
Like to the Bee, thou every where didst rome,
Spending thy spirits in laborious care;
And nightly brought'st thy gather'd hony home,
As a true worke-man in so great affaire.
First, of thine own deserving, take the fame;
Next, of thy friends, his due he gives to thee:
That love of learning may renowme thy name,
And leave it richly to posterity,
When others (who might better) yet forshow it,
May see their shame, and times hereafter know it.