1615 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Collins

Samuel Rowlands, "To his Affected Friend Master Thomas Collins" in Collins, Tears of Love (1615) sig A4v.



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.