1593 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Barnabe Barnes, "Sonet. Nash, or the Confuting Gentleman" Harvey, Pierces Superogation (1593) sig. ***3.



The Muses scorne; the Courtiers laughing-stock;
The Countreys Coxcombe; Printers proper new;
The Citties Leprosie; the Pandars stew;
Vertues disdayne; honesties adverse rock;
Envies vile champion; slaunders stumbling block.
Graund Oratour of Cunny-catchers crew;
Base-broaching tapster of reports untrue;
Our moderne Viper, and our Countreys mock;
True Valors Cancer-worme, sweet Learnings rust.
Where shall I finde meete colours, and fit wordes,
For such a counterfaict, and worthlesse matter?
Him, whom thou raylest on at thine own lust,
Sith Bodine, and sweet Sidney did not flatter,
His Invective thee too much grace affordes.
Parthenophil.