1646 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

Samuel Sheppard, in The Times Displayed in Six Sestyads (1646) 23.



So thine whose rural quil so high doth sound,
Theocritus or Mantuans ere could bee
So sweet and so sententious ever found
As are thy Pastorals of Britanie,
Thy fame for aye steal to the skies resound,
And I pronounce Thy fluent Poesie
Singing of shepherds is the best ere wit,
Invented, and none ere yet equalled it.