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Richard Barnfield (1574-ca. 1620)

To his Friend Master R. L., In Praise of Music and Poetry

              1If music and sweet poetry agree,
              2As they must needs (the sister and the brother),
              3Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me,
              4    Because thou lov'st the one, and I the other.
              5    Dowland to thee is dear, whose heavenly touch
              6Upon the lute doth ravish human sense;
              7Spenser to me, whose deep conceit is such
              8    As, passing all conceit, needs no defence.
              9    Thou lov'st to hear the sweet melodious sound
            10That Ph{oe}bus' lute (the queen of music), makes;
            11And I in deep delight am chiefly drown'd
            12Whenas himself to singing he betakes.
            13    One god is god of both (as poets feign),
            14    One knight loves both, and both in thee remain.


1] "R. L." may be the poet Richard Lynche.

5] John Dowland (1563-1626), one of the most famous of Elizabethan song-writers.

Online text copyright © 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Richard Barnfield, Poems in Divers Humors, published with The encomium of lady Pecunia: or the praise of money (London: G. S[haw] for J. Jaggard, 1598). Short-title Catalog 1485
First publication date: 1598
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.255; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/11/21

Rhyme: ababcdcdefefgg

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