1655 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Sheppard

William Winstanley, "To Mr. Sheppard, on his most excellent Epigrams" The Muses Cabinet (1655); Censura Literaria 5 (1807) 131.



Sheppard, thou hast
Martial o'repast,
Ausonius conquered;
Thou Harrington
Hast overcome,
And Owen stricken dead.

These, in their time,
For wits the prime,
Of poets counted were:
But if to thee,
Compar'd they be,
We see they nothing are.

Then sit thee down,
Whilest we do crown
Thy head with wreaths of bays:
The Muses nine
Do all combine
To warble forth thy praise.