1646 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

Samuel Sheppard, in The Times Displayed in Six Sestyads (1646) 21.



Although the Bard, whose lines unequalled,
Who only did deserve a Poets name
To my Eternal grief, be long since dead,
His lines for ever shall preserve his Fame.
So his who did so neer his foot paths tread
Whose lines as neer as Virgils Homers came,
Do equal Spencers, who the soul of verse
In his admired Poems doth rehearse.