1611 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

John Davies of Hereford, "To Sir John Davies Knight" in Scourge of Folly (1611 ca.); Davies, Works, ed. Grosart (1878) 2:53.



Good Sir, your nature so affects my Name,
That both your Name and Nature are mine owne:
And in their love to both, affect your fame;
Yet having not like fortunes, live unknowne.
And (Loadstarre-like) did not your nature draw
Mine to the Poynt which yours did once project,
These hard Rimes to digest (as rude as raw)
No Cause should e're have brought to this effect.
But yet to imitate our Friends in ill
Is much more ill; and too unkind accord:
Of Ill you write too well; and so I will
(If so I can) to make Ill more abhord:
Then if you like these Purgings of my Braine,
Ile nere beleeve that ought it yeelds is vaine.