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

Rev. John Marston

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



Thy Male-Content, or Male-contentednesse,
Hath made thee change thy Muse as some do gesse;
If Time misspent made her a Male-content,
Thou need'st not then her timely change repent.
The end will shew it; meanwhile do but please
With virtuous paines as erst thou didst with ease:
Thou shalt be prais'd, and kept from want and wo;
So blest are crosses that do blesse us so.