1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

W. B. [William Basse?], "To Mr. Browne" Britannia's Pastorals, The Second Book (1616) Sig. A5.



Were there a thought so strange as to deny
That happy Bayes doe some mens Births adorne,
Thy worke alone might serve to justifie,
That Poets are not made so, but so borne.
How could thy plumes thus soone have soard thus hie
Hadst thou not Lawrell in thy Cradle worne?
Thy Birth o'er-tooke thy Youth: And it doth make
Thy youth (herein) thine elders over-take.