1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

John Marston, in Satire 10; Scourge of Villanie (1598); Corser, Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 9 (1879) 18.



He dreames on toe-turnes, each gallant hee doth meete
He fronts him with a travers in the streete,
Prayse but Orchestra, and the skipping art,
You shall commaund him, faith you have his hart
Even capring in your fist. A pall, a hall,
Room for the Spheres, the orbes celestiall
Will daunce Kemps Jigge. They'le revel with neate jumps
O worthy Poet hath put on their Pumps?
O wits quick travers, but sauce ceo's slow
Good faith 'tis hard for nimble Curio.
Yee gracious orbs, keepe the olde measuring,
All's spoyld if once yee fall to capering.