1590 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Vallans

John Turner, in Vallans, Tale of Two Swannes (1590) Sig. A2v.



To tell a Tale, and tell the trueth withall,
To write of waters, and with them of land.
To tell of Rivers, where they rise and fall.
To tell where Cities, Townes and Castles stand.
To tell their names both old and newe,
with other things, that be most true.

Argues a Tale that tendeth to some good.
Argues a Tale that hath in it some reason.
Argues a Tale, if it be understood,
As lookt the like, and you shall find it geason.
If when you reade, you find it so,
Commend the worke and let it goe.