1611 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

John Davies of Hereford, "To the right worthily beloved Sir John Davies, Knight, Attorney General of Ireland" in Scourge of Folly (1611); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 21.



Good Sir, your nature so affects my name,
That both your name and nature are mine own;
And in their love to both, affect your fame;
Yet having not like fortunes, live unknown,
And load-stone-like, did not your nature draw
Mine to the point which yours did once project,
These hard rhymes to digest, as rude as raw,
No cause should ere have brought to this effect.
But yet to imitate our friends in ill,
Is much more ill, and too unkind accord.
Of ill you writ too well and so I will
If so I can, to make ill more abhorr'd.
Then if you like these purgings of my brain,
Ile ne'er believe that ought it yields is vain.