1615 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

John Davies of Hereford, "In laudem Authoris" John Taylor, Taylor's Urania (1615) sig. A3.



In every Art, save Poetry, the meane
Is praisd: but therein meanely-well to do
Is base, too base: then Judgment cannot leane
On whats too base, but base it must be too.
Then each man that his Reputation huggs
For Judgment, praise no lines of but meane Reach:
And laude but what drawes dry Minervaes duggs,
Lest they their Judgments might thereby impeach.
Then is my Judgment lack, perplext in thee;
For thou dost write so well with meanes so ill
That thine Admirer I confesse to be,
Much rather then the Judger of thy skill:
Art makes not Poetry, thou dost plainly prove,
But supernaturall bountie from above.