1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Robert Anton, in "Sixth Satyr of Mercurie" Philosophers Satyrs (1616) 64.



The chollericke complexion hot and drie,
Writes with a Scriants hand most gripingly.
The Phlegmaticke in such a waterie-vaine,
As if some (riming-Sculler) got his straine.
But the sound melancholicke mixt of earth,
Plowes with his wits, and brings a sollid birth:
The labor'd lines of some deepe reaching Scull,
Is like some Indian ship or stately hull,
That three yeares progresse furrows up the maine,
Bringing rich Ingots from his loaden braine.