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

Bp. Joseph Hall

John Davies of Hereford, "To the ingenious Mr. Joseph Hall" in Scourge of Folly (1611 ca.); Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:33.



Thy Vowes hath made me vow to honor thee,
And here they shall (in part) performed bee.
The scourge of Vice, thy sinne-afflicting Muse,
Erst plagu'd them thoroughly who who the world abuse,
And made them grone betweene thy Satyres fangs,
As if (for sinne) of hell they felt the pangs.
For that and for the wit, the grace, the art,
Thou shew'st in all that from thy pen doth part,
My pen thus dimly trickes thee; wherein thou
May see thy substance, shadow'd by a shew
That scarce is seene: the reason is, thine all
For my sleight lines is too substantiall.