1611 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

John Davies of Hereford, "To the no less ingenious then ingenuous Mr. John Dun" Scourge of Folly, 1611 ca.; Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:18.



Dunne is the mouse (they say) and thou art Dunne:
But no dunne mouse thou art; yet thou art one
That (like a mouse) in steepe high-waies dost runne,
To finde foode for thy Muse to prey upon.
Whose pallat is so dainty in her taste,
That she distasts the least unsavory bit:
But that's unlike a mowse; for he will wast
All in his way; and oft himself with it;
Not much unlike some poets of our times,
That spoile good paper with their byting pen,
Like this of mine; but yet my doggrell rimes
Do byte at none but monsters like to men:
And that (I know) thy pen hath rightly donne,
Which doing right makes bright the name of Dunne.