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

Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey

John Davies of Hereford, "To my dear friend, Mr. Charles Fitz-jeffery" in Scourge of Folly (1611 ca.); Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:58.



Great little Charles (great in thine arte and witt,
But ever little in thine own esteeme)
To thee that now dost minde but Holy Writ,
These lynes (though loving) will but loathsome seeme.
Yet sith in Latine you on such did'st fall;
In British now (for now we Brittaines be)
I send in such: What? nothing but mine all;
That's lesse then nothing in respect of thee:
But if thou tak'st in worth my lesse than nought,
Ile give thee more then all, when I am ought.