1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Thomas Bastard, "Ad Johannem Davis" (1598); John Payne Collier, Poetical Decameron (1820) 1:199-200.



If witt may make a poet, as I gesse,
Heywood with auncient Poets may compare:
But thou in word and deed hast made him lesse
In his own witt, having yet learning spare.
The goate doth hunt the grasse, the wolfe the goat;
The lyon hunts the wolfe, by proof we see.
Heywood sang others downe, but thy sweete note,
Davis, hath sang him downe, and I would thee:
Then be not moude, nor count it such a sinn
To will in thee what thou hast donn in him.