Archive for May 31st, 2016

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Of the Booke by Richard Hathwaye

The sundry beames proceeding from one Sunne,
The hive where many Bees their honey brings,
The Sea, to which a thousand rivers runne,
The garden where survives contintuall spring,
The Trophee hung with divers painfull hands,
Abstract of knowledge, Briefe of Eloquence,
Aiding the weake, preserving him that stands:
Guide to the soule, and ruler of the sense.
Such is this Volume, and the fraight hereof,
How-ever ignorance presume to scoffe.

From: Bodenham, John, Bodenham’s Belvedére or The Garden of the Muses, Reprinted from the Original Edition of 1600, 1875, Spenser Society: Manchester, p. [37].

Date: 1600

By: Richard Hathwaye (fl. 1597-1603)