1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Samuel Sheppard, "To the most excellent Poet, Sir William Davenant" Epigrams (1651) 39.



What though some shallow Sciolists dare prate,
And scoffing thee; Apollo nauseate:
What Venus hath snatch'd from thee, cruelly,
Minerva, with advantage doth supply:
Johnson is dead, let Sherly stoope to Fate,
And thou alone, art Poet Lawreate.