ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To his Affected Friend Master Thomas Collins" in Collins, Tears of Love (1615) sig A4v.
1615: Io. B.
1615: Samuel Rowlands
1847: Edward Farr
1866: John Payne Collier
1612: John Taylor the Water Poet
1615: Thomas Collins
Thy well writ Poem, Sweet composed lines,
Delightfull subject, and right modest pen,
With just applause, even desertfull shines
In cleere-ey'd censure of best judging men,
Like to thy Shepheards slockes, as white as cleane,
Partaking nothing, sordid or obsceane.
Thy Lovers-Teares, shew Lovers dolefull fashion,
(As sable habit sutes a mournefull heart,)
A sprightly line hath power to moue compassion,
And such a lymmer to the life thou art,
Let Momus breath, vanish like pipe of smoke,
All wisemen know, Detractions credit's broke.