1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

John Davies of Hereford, "In Praise of the Translator" Joshua Sylvester, Bartas, his Devine Weekes and Workes (1605) sig. B6.



If divine BARTAS (from whose blessed Braines
Such Works of grace, or gracefull workes did stream)
Were so admir'd for Wits celestiall Straines
As made their Vertues Seate, the high'st Extream;
Then JOSHUAH, the Sunne of thy bright praise
Shall fixed stand in Artes faire Firmament
Till Dissolution date Times Nights, and Daies,
Sith right thy Lines are made to BARTAS Bent,
Whose Compasse circumscribes (in spacious Words)
The Universall in particulars;
And Thine the same, in other Tearmes, affoords;
So, both your Tearmes agree in friendly Warres:
If Thine be onely His, and His be Thine
They are (like God) eternall, sith Divine.