1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

William Mason, in Archaeological Epistle to Jeremiah Milles (1782) 12.



Thomas of Oxenford, whose teeming brayne
Three bawsin rolles of olde rhyme historie
Ymaken hanne wythe mickle teen and payne,
Nete kennethe he of Archaeologie,
Whoe pyghtes hys knowlachynge to preve echeone
Of Rowley's fetive lynes were pennede bie Chattertone.

Hie thee, poore Thomas, hie thee to thie celle,
Ne mo wythe auntyante vearse astounde thy wytte;
Of seemlikeenly rhym thou nete maie spelle,
For herehaughtree, or prose thou botte arte fytte:
Vearse for thie rede is too grete mysterie;
Ne e'er shalle Loverde North a Canynge proove to thee.