1603 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Edward Dyer

John Davies of Hereford, "To the right worshipful and most worthy Knight, Sir Edward Dyer" in Davies, Microcosmos (1603); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 24.



Though Saturn now with Jupiter doth sit,
Where erst Minerva and the Muse did reign,
Ruling the commonwealth of will, and wit,
Plac'd in the kingdoms of thy heart and brain;
Those planets I adore, whose influence
Infuseth wisdom, counsel, gravity;
Minerva, and the Muse, joys my soul's sense,
Sith soul-delighting lines they multiply.
In both respects for that that was and is,
I tender thee the service of my Muse,
Which shall not mar thy fame, tho' it may miss
To give the same that which it accrues.
Yet this gift thro' thy gifts she gives to thee.
Time's future, Dyer, die shall never see.