1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Patrick Gordon

Alexander Gardyne, "To the Author" in Gordon, Penardo and Laissa (1616) Sig. *ii.



Th' Enthusiasme, or furie of thy spreit,
A grace both great, and dignlie deim'd divyne:
So fluentlie, into thy front does steit,
Whill all the world admeirs both the and thyne
Each word has weght, and full of lyfe each lyne
Quick thy conceapt Emphaticall thy phraise,
Thy number's just, judicious thy in gyne,
O thow the new adorner of our dayes.
Whoes pen or pinsell shall depaint thy praise
Since Maro nought, nor the Meonian muse
Be with their learned nor their lively layes
Into this wondrous worthie work to use.
Then tak this task, and tune thy trump unto it:
For onlie thow art destinatt to doe it.