1609 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Dekker

John Davies of Hereford, "To the Author" in Dekker, Lanthorne and Candlelight 1609; Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:8.



How e're thou maist by blazing all Abuse,
Incurre suspect, thou speak'st what thou hast prov'd,
(Tho then to keepe it close it thee behov'd,
So, Reason makes for thee a just excuse)
Yet of thy paines the Best may make good use,
Then of the Best thy paines should be approv'd,
And for the same of them shouldst be belov'd.
Sith thou of Falsehoods Floud do'st ope the Sluce,
That they at waste continually may runne,
By shewing men the Reaches that they have,
That honest men may so or'e-reach a Knave,
Or sound their swallowing Deepes, the same to shunne:
But if from hence, a Knave more cunning growes,
That Spider sucks but poison from thy Rose.