1645 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Camden

George Wither, in Great Assises holden in Parnassus (1645) 8-9.



Approved Criticks all, did there appeare
On the judiciall Bench with lookes severe.
But when old Camden thought to take his place,
Apollo him repuls'd with some disgrace:
For hee of late receiv'd had a complaint
From hands of credit, which did him attaint
Of misdemeanours, acted in a story,
That did detract from a Great Ladies glory,
Wherein hee was accus'd to have reveal'd
Some things, which better might have been conceal'd
Had they been truths: What madnesse him misled,
T' asperse the ashes of that Phoenix dead,
With notes of infamy, whose fun'rall flame
Ravish'd the world with th' odour of her fame?
Doubtlesse the living hee to flatter knew,
Much better then to give the dead her due.