1611 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

John Davies of Hereford, "To John Harrington, translator of Ariosto" in Scourge of Folly (1611 ca.); Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:22-23.



Deere Knight, thy nature is too like mine owne,
To leave thee out of my remembrances:
Thy muse of yore this very way hath flowne;
And plum'd on woodcockes, wrens and ostridges:
But now my Muse (with pownces not so strong,
Having some geese to pull) invokes thy Muse
To beare the burden of her merry song,
To make them sorry who the world abuse:
Thine can worke wonders in this kinde; and mine
(Perhaps) may make them grone she pulls, like thine.