1595 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Roydon

George Chapman, "Dedication to Mathew Royden" in Ovid's Banquet of Sense (1595); Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 2 (1815) 54.



Thus not affecting glory for mine own slight labors, but desirous other should be more worthely glorious, nor professing sacred Poesie in any degree, I thought good to submit to your apt judgement. Acquainted long since with the true habit of Poesie, and now since your labouring wits endevour heaven-high thoughts of nature, you have actual meanes to sound the philosophical conceits, that my new pen so seriously courteth. I know that empty and dark spirits will complaine of palpable night: but those that before hand have a radiant, and light-bearing intellect, will say they can passe through Corynna's Garden without the helpe of a lanterne.