Certayne Egloges of $Alexander $Barclay Priest,
Whereof the first three conteyne the miseryes of Courtiers
and Courtes of all princes in generall,
Gathered out of a booke named in Latin, %MISERIAE %CVRIALIVM,
compiled by $Eneas $Syluius Poet and Oratour.
The famous Poetes with the Muses nine
With wit inspired, fresh, pregnant and diuine,
Say, boldly indite in stile substanciall:
Some in Poemes hye and heroicall,
Some them delite in heauy Tragedies,
And some in wanton on mery Comedies.
Some in Satyres against vices dare carpe,
Some in sweete songes accordant with the harpe.
And eche of these all had laude and excellence
After their reason and stile of eloquence.
Who in fayre speeche could briefly comprehende
Moste fruitfull matter, men did him moste commende.
And who were fruitlesse, and in speeche superflue,
Men by their writing scantly set a qu.
Therefore wise Poetes to sharpe and proue their wit,
In homely iestes w . . .