1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

John Oldham, in "A Satyr" Poems and Translations (1683) 169-70.



How many Poems writ in ancient time,
Which thy Fore-fathers had in great esteem,
Which in the crowded Shops bore any rate,
And sold like News-Books, and Affairs of State,
Have grown contemptible, and slighted since,
As Pordig, Fleckno, or the British Prince?
Quarles, Chapman, Heywood, Withers had Applause,
And Wild, and Ogilby in former days;
But now are damn'd to wrapping Drugs, and Wares,
And curs'd by all their broken Stationers:
And so may'st thou perchance pass up and down,
And please a while th' admiring Court, and Town,
Who after shalt in Duck-lane Shops be thrown,
To mould with Silvester, and Shirley there,
And truck for Pots of Ale next Stourbridg-Fair.