1645 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Taylor the Water Poet

Samuel Sheppard, in The Times Displayed in Six Sestyads (1646) 21.



Each fellow now that hath but had a view
Of the learnd Phrygians Fables, groweth bold,
And name of Poet doth to himself accrew,
That Ballad maker [Martin Parker] too is now extold
With the great name of poet, He that knew
Better far how to row [John Taylor], then pen to hold,
His sordid lines are sweld to such a weight,
Theyre able for to make, his boat a freight.

The god of waves hath been my enemy,
Else that base Fool had Haddocks fed ere now....