1613 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

John Selden, in Britannias Pastorals (1613) Sig A4.



So much a Stranger my Severer Muse
Is not to Love-strains, or a Shepwards Reed,
But that She knows some Rites of Phoebus dues,
Of Pan, of Pallas, and hir Sisters meed.
Read and Commend She durst these tun'd Essaies
Of him that loves her (Shee hath ever found
Hir studies as one Circle.) Next She prayes
His Readers be with Rose and Myrtle crown'd!
No Willow touch them! As His Baies are free
From wrong of Bolts, so may their Chaplets bee!