1650 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Bradstreet

Anonymous, "Upon the Author" in Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse (1650) Sig A6.



Now I believe Tradition, which doth call
The Muses, Vertues, Graces, Females all;
Only they are not nine, eleaven, nor three,
Our Authoresse proves them but one unity.
Mankind take up some blushes on the score,
Menopolize perfection no more:
In your owne Arts, confesse your selves out-done,
The Moone hath totally ecclips'd the Sun,
Not with her sable mantle muffling him,
But her bright silver makes his gold look dim:
Just as his beams force our pale Lamps to winke,
And earthly Fires within their ashes shrinke.