1638 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Randolph

Edmund Gayton, in Randolph, Poems (1638) sig. **2-**2v.



What need thy book crave any other fame,
It is enough that it beares Randolphs name.
Who sees the title, and him understood,
Must much condemne himselfe, or say tis good.
Goe forth example to the Neophyte,
Who hence should learne to Catechize his wit.
And dresse his Phancy by this glasse: whose Muse
Welfavour'd is, should here her face peruse,
It will not flatter, 'twill reflect the grace
She takes from th' owner of a beuteous face:
But if a menstruous, and illiterate eye
Blast her, the various specks shall soone descry
The foule beholder, and proclaime her spoile
Not to result from thence, but his own foyle.