1651 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

Samuel Sheppard, "Silvesters Translation of Du-Bartas, his Divine Weeks, and Works" Sheppard, Epigrams (1651) 147.



'Twere no absurdity to question it,
Whether the great Du-Bartas better writ,
Or Silvester translated, quaintly rare
In his conversion, had he rested there
His Fame had long advanced to the skies,
Now groveling, clog'd with his own Fripperies.