1629 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

Samuel Austin, in Austins Urania (1629); Corser, Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 1 (1860) 87.



And honour'd Willy, thou whose maiden straines
Have sung so sweetly of the Vales and Plaines
Of this our Ile, that all the men that be
Thy hearers, are enforc'd to honour thee,
Yea, and to fall in love with thee; I say,
Let me intreate thee to transport thy Lay
From earth to heav'n: for sure thy Muses bee
So good, the Gods will fall in love with thee,
As well as men: besides, 'tis fit thy Layes
Should scorne all Crowns, save heav'n's eternall Bayes.
Then bid the world farewell with Sydney, (he
That was the Prince of English Poesie,)
And joyne with me (the worst of all thy traine)
To bring these times into a better straine.