1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

Edward Burnaby Green, "To the Lernede Deane Percy: Greteying" Strictures upon a Pamphlet intituled, "Cursory Observations on the Poems attributed to Rowley, a Priest of the Fifteenth Century" (1782).



PERCY, of Poetes olde, wythe balade clere,
Whose precious stories hertes of fere to thawe
Full marvayleouslie flowe wythe Pitie's tere,
Or bende stoute Chivalrie to Cupyde's law,
Thie skylle hathe fetelie wove, great Clerke of fame,
The guerdon swete to sente, ere CHAUCER'S tale
Stepede in nature's dewe han rered his name,
Tyl SPENCER dreste hys Allegorycke vayle;
Thanne to the hygh renome of Anna's daies,
Noughte ceasynge tuneful lore, whyles neddere's byte
Syke bismarelie anoyethe BRUNSWYCKE'S praise:
Teachen mie mynde, ne frende of foule despyghte,
To yeven glorie dygne, ne blason guyle;
Ne ROWLIE'S shadowe dyghte wythe favoure's beemie smyle.