1625 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Brooke

George Wither, "To his ingenious and (which is more worthy) his truely honest Frend, Mr. Christ. Brooke," 1625; British Bibliographer 2 (1812) 237.



I have surveid the structure thow hast here
Composed for thrice honor'd Chichester;
(Whose virtues yeild for praise such copious matter,
That (if thow wouldst) thow has not means to flatter:
And I commend thy judgment that doth knowe
True worth so well, and how to blaze it so.

Oh! I could wish (would Pietie permit)
Thow hadst not gotten this occasion yet
Of shewing us our losse, who seldom see
How rich wee were, untill wee beggerd be.

But since his death invited thee to frame
This monument to memorize his name,
Erect it, where in publicke it may rise
To make hym knowne unto posterities.

For when a costly pile wee do advance,
Or farr fetch'd marble, Touch or pollish't Rance,
It fills but one small Roome, and standeth dumb,
Even till a heape of rubbish it become:
But this in many realmes will speake at once,
And speaks hym playner farr then guilded stones;
Yea, give his fame a longer being, than
The richest fabricks of mechanicks can.

Besides (that thow this paynes mayst not repent)
It shall be of thy love a monument:
And those in whome his virtues living be,
Will live no longer then thy favour thee.