1625 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Sir John Harington, "Of Master John Davies's Book of Dancing. To himself" Witty Epigrams (1625); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 27.



While you the planets all do set to dancing,
Beware such hap, as to the Friar was chancing,
Who preaching in a pulpit old and rotten,
Among some notes most fit to be forgotten,
Unto his auditory thus he vaunts,
To make all saints after his pipe to dance:
It speaking, which as he himself advances,
To act his speech with gestures, lo, it chances,
Down falls the pulpit; sore the man is bruised,
Never was Friar and Pulpit more abused.
Then bear with me, though yet to you a stranger,
To warn you of the like, nay, greater danger,
For though none fear the falling of those sparks;
(And when they fall, 'twill be good catching larks,)
Yet this may fall; that while you dance and skip
With female planets, so your foot may trip,
That in their lofty capriol and turn,
Their motion may make your dimension burn.