1633 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Kenelm Digby

Thomas May, 1633 ca.; in Helen Sandison, "Three Spenser Allusions" MLN 44 (1929) 162.



As we esteeme the greatest Princes blest
To have theyr worth by ablest penns exprest
So May we thinke best poets happy then
When they are read and fam'd by worthy men
Such is thy fate brave Spencer thou hast found
A noble knowing Reader that Can sound
Thy Mistick depths one that [can] give thy due
And make the Age beleeve his Censure true
A Sidney died to kil thy bleeding Hart
A Digby lives to fame thy charming Art
Brave Sydne's Arts and Spirrit in him are known
And he no less than Sidney is thyn owne
Such is thy Digby such thy Sidney was
I could almost beleeve Pithagoras.