- So also were they the first Prophetes or seears, Vidontes, for so the Scripture tearmeth them in Latine after the Hebrue word, and all the oracles and answers of the gods were giuen in meeter or verse, and published to the people by their direction. - "The Arte of English Poesie", George Puttenham.
- And I will not reach aboue the time of king Edward the third, and Richard the second for any that wrote in English meeter: because before their times by reason of the late Normane conquest, which had brought into this Realme much alteration both of our langage and lawes, and there withall a certain martiall barbarousnes, whereby the study of all good learning was so much decayd, as long time after no man or very few entended to write in any laudable science: so as beyond that time there is litle or nothing worth commendation to be founde written in this arte. - "The Arte of English Poesie", George Puttenham.
- The Child of Earth, no Genii here defy, The fruits unguarded, and the fiends afar- But dark the perils that surround the Sword, And slight its worth- ambitious if its Lord; " True to the warrior on his native soil, 17 Its blade would break in the Invader's clasp; A weapon meeter for the sons of Toil, When plough- shares turn to falchions in their grasp;- Leave the rude boor to battle for his hearth- Expand thy scope;- Ambition asks the Earth!" - "The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P.", Edward Bulwer Lytton.