ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Io. B., "To my most Esteemed Friend Maister Thomas Collins" in Collins, Teares of Love (1615) sig. A4.
1615: Io. B.
1615: Samuel Rowlands
1847: Edward Farr
1866: John Payne Collier
1615: Thomas Collins
From Newports bloudy battell (sung by thee)
With Yaxley's death (the flow'r of Chivalry)
And from thy well-pen'd Publican, to bee
Transported thus to fields of Arcady,
Shewes that thy Muse is apt for all assayes,
And thou a man that meriteth renowne.
Divine, Poeticall, and Past'rall Layes,
Doe all concurre, thy Browes with Bayes to crowne.
Collins, live ever, in thy lines live ever,
Live ever honord by the Trumpe of Fame:
And let all those that in these Arts endeavor,
In their praise-worthy works, still praise thy name:
Who (in all Subjects) dost so sweetly sing,
Envie her selfe to touch thee hath no sting.