1599 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Weever

John Weever, "In Authorem" Epigrams (1599); Beloe, Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books 6 (1812) 156-60; 157-58.



The liquid waves nor did I ever plash,
Of silver-channeld Isis purling river,
Yet Nestor-old nymph-nursing Grant will wash
His nymphs, and scorn preheminence to give her,
Nor have I spent in Troinovant my dayes,
Where all good witts some say are crowned with bayes.
I cannot shew them in a sugred vaine,
Wit, judgment, learning, or invention,
I cannot reach up to a Delians straine,
Whose songs deserve for ever your attention,
Nor Draytons stile, whose hony words are meete,
For these your mouths far more than hony sweete.