1610 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Anonymous, MSS. Sloan. 1489. 1889. 1947, ca. 1610; in Warton, History of English Poetry, ed. Park (1840) 3:466n.



Haiwood and Davis, I avouch your writt
Famous for art, invention, and witt.
In you itt seem'd, by each your learned scrowle,
Successively descended Martiall's soule.
Compared to you, wee sluttish are and fowle,
Fearing the light, like the deformed owle:
Our bastard eglets dare not see the sun
So boldly as your true-borne babes have donne.
Yet bee it knowne, wee dare look tow'rds the light,
Though not like you, nor in so great a height.