1641 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Beedome

Henry Glapthorne, "To the Reader" Beedome, Poems (1641) sig. A2.



Bookes are the pictures of mens lives delimineated, first by fancy, and by judgement drawne to the life. Such is this peice, the living Idea of him that writ it, who though now dead, has a living Monument to his worth. His Booke, which despight of fire, can never convert to ashes, 'Tis Lentum Ilium, slow Troy; that will not bee easily consumed; he shall live in Paper, which shall make him live in's Marble. And in this good Reader, his worth shall bee Emergent, he has don many things well, and nothing ill. Therefore receive him as an absolute testimony of wit and fancy, or else deceive thy selfe, since his workes are as excellent, as singular.