Richard Barnfield

(1574-1627)

Against The Dispraisers Of Poetry - Poem by Richard Barnfield

Chaucer is dead; and Gower lies in grave;
The Earl of Surrey long ago is gone;
Sir Philip Sidney's soul the heavens have;
George Gascoigne him before was tombed in stone.
Yet, though their bodies lie full low in ground,
As every thing must die that erst was born,
Their living fame no fortune can confound,
Nor ever shall their labors be forlorn.
And you, that discommend sweet poetry,
(So that the subject of the same be good)
Here may you see your fond simplicity,
Sith kings have favored it, of royal blood.
The King of Scots (now living) is a poet,
As his Lepanto and his Furies show it.


Comments about Against The Dispraisers Of Poetry by Richard Barnfield

  • Rookie - 199 Points Valentin Savin (6/28/2015 11:01:00 AM)

    Well done, I liked it and that's why couldn't but commend this sweet poetry. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 16,965 Points Edward Kofi Louis (6/28/2015 6:40:00 AM)

    Gower lies in the grave; with the muse of death. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 142 Points Joseph Poewhit (6/28/2015 5:03:00 AM)

    death fame and life such is life (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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