ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
M. C., "To the Author" Lok, Ecclesiates (1597) Sig. A6.
1597: H. A.
1599: Thomas Honyman
1781: Rev. Thomas Warton
1807: Thomas Park
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1845: Edward Farr
1866: John Payne Collier
For me to praise this worke, it were no praise,
Whilst thou doest publish it: it prayseth thee;
Thing (once cald perfect) further praise denayes,
Because all other words inferior bee.
With happie sight thy muse appeares to see,
That could select a subject of such choyce,
Which hath enforced many more then mee,
With silence (for thy blist attempt) rejoyce.
Thy former vaine, no vaine conceipt bewrayes
By Passions (patternes of a Christian sight)
But for this worke, yet highest honor stayes,
And therefore henceforth feare no others slight
Thy Zeale, thy theame, thy gift, thy fame to staine,
Which imitate they may, but not attaine.