1656 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Churchyard

Anonymous, in "The Time-Poets" Choyce Drollery (1656) 6-7.



With equal pace each of them softly creeps,
And being dark they had Alectors torch,
And that made Churchyard follow from his Porch,
Poor, ragged, torn, and tackt, alack, alack,
You'd think his clothes were pinn'd upon his back.
The whole frame hung with pins, to mend which clothes,
In mirth they sent him to old Father Prose;