7Editor’s NoteR.S. In prayse of Gascoignes Posies.
- 1The pleasant plot wherein these Posies grew,
- Editor’s Note2May represent Parnassus springs indeede.
- 3Where Pallas with hir wise and learned crew,
- 4Did plant great store, and sow much cunning seede.
- 5That Goddesse then, on whom the Muses wayte,
- 6To garde hir grounde from greedie gathrers spoyle,
- 7Hath here ordeynde, by fine and close conceyte,
- 8A greene knight chiefe, and master of the soyle.
- 9Such badge beares he that beautified this booke
- 10With glorious shew, of sundrie gallant flowers.
- 11But since he first this labor undertooke,
- 12He gleand thereout, (to make the profite ours)
- pg 37413A heape of Hearbes, a sort of fruitfull seedes,
- 14A needefull salve, compound of needlesse weedes.
- 15All these (with more) my freend here freely gives:
- 16Nor naked wordes, nor streyne of straunge devise.
- 17But Gowers minde, which now in Gascoigne lives,
- 18Yeeldes heere in view, (by judgement of the wise)
- 19His penne, his sworde, himselfe, and all his might,
- 20To Pallas schoole, and Mars in Princes right.
P 7. 0. 1. R.S. Richard Smith, the bookseller, is a possibility, although 87 attributes 'The Printer' (P 14) to him. Smith wrote a verse dedication to Henry Compton for Matthew Grove, Pelops and Hippodamia (1587), and a dedicatory sonnet, 'Unto her Majesties sacred honorable Maydes', for Henry Constable, Diana (1592); cf. Sidney Thomas, 'Richard Smith: "Foreign to the Company" ', The Library 3 (1948), 188–9.