1603 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

Thomas Greene, in A Poet's Vision and a Prince's Glory (1603); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 4 (1816) 2.



The chiefest pay we [Muses] had to set us forth
In all our wants, came from the princely North:
And some from hence from worthie Delia's [Daniel] store,
From sweete Idaea [Drayton], and from some few more:
All which so short of that we had before,
To those rich times so slender and so poore,
That with it we ourselves could scarce sustaine;
Our number was so great, so small our gaine.
Others here are, which with their railing Muse
Offend grave ears, and do our names abuse
In bringing forth such monsters to the light,
Whose ougly shapes doe terrifie our sight.