1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

John Davies of Hereford, "To my Browne, yet brightest Swaine that woons, or haunts or Hill or Plaine. Poeta nascitur" Britannia's Pastorals, The Second Book (1616) Sig. A3.



Pipe on, sweet Swaine, till Joy, in Blisse, sleepe waking;
Hermes, it seems, to thee, of all the Swaines,
Hath lent his Pipe and Art: For, thou art making
With sweet Notes (noted) Heav'n of Hils and Plaines!
Nay, if as thou beginn'st, thou dost hold on,
The totall Earth thine Arcadie will bee;
And Neptunes Monarchy thy Helicon:
So, all in both will make a God of thee.
To whom they will exhibit Sacrifice
Of richest Love and Praise; and, envious Swaines
(Charm'd with thine Accents) shall thy Notes agnize
To reach above great Pans in all thy Straines.
Than, ply this Veyne: for, it may well containe
The richest Morals under poorest Shroud;
And sith in thee the Past'rall spirit doth raigne,
On such Wits-Treasures let it sit abrood:
Till it hath hatch'd such Numbers as may buy
The rarest Fame that e're enriched Ayre;
Or fann'd the Way faire, to AETERNITY,
To which, unfoild, thy Glory shall repaire!
Where (with the Gods that in faire Starrs doe dwell,
Then shou shalt, blazing, in a Starre abide)
Thou shalt be stil'd the Shepherds-Starre, to tell
Them many Mysteries; and, be their Guide.

Thus, doe I spurre thee on with sharpest praise,
To use thy Gifts of Nature, and of Skill,
To double-gilde Apollos Browes, and Bayes,
Yet make great NATURE Arts true Sov'raigne still.
So, Fame shall ever say, to thy renowne,
The Shepheards Starre, or bright'st in Sky, is Browne!

The true Lover of thine
Art and Nature,
John Davies of Heref.