1624 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

William Kidley, in Kidley's Hawkins (1624) 9; Athenae Oxonienses (1815) 2:369.



Conduct mee some one to the two top'd mountaine,
Tread out the way unto the sacred fountaine
Where deathlesse ecchoes chaunt, rebouding skies
And christall rivers mutter harmonies,
On whose fayre bancks sweet quires of muses sing
Swift howers away with their choice charoling.
Dipt but my pen within that sacred well
Drunk almost dry by sweet-tongu'd Astrophell:
Or shew mee to this streame which did infuse
Such influence to Draiton's phoenix muse;
Or let mee sip but of the sugred rill.
In which lay steeped that heroic quill
Which with such glory, in soe true a lay
Crown'd matchless Drake with an immortall bay.
Soule tikling Willy leave thy past'rall sporte,
Rest fayre Marine in Thetis watry court.