Verse > Anthologies > Samuel Waddington, ed. > The Sonnets of Europe
Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
The Author to His Pen
By Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
Translated by James Y. Gibson
(Introductory Sonnet to “Journey to Parnassus”)

TO deck this frontispiece, since thou dost see
  No friend hath offered me a sonnet, none,
  Come thou, my ill-cut pen, and make me one,
If not so high flown as it ought to be;
From grave anxiety thou’lt set me free,        5
  I need not then through court and alley run
  To beg eulogiums; for I’d rather shun
Such vain and humbling search, I promise thee.
Let rhymes and sonnets go, for aught I care,
  To deck the door-posts of the upper few,        10
  Though flattery is at best but common stuff;
And grant me that this “Journey” have its share
  Of pungent salt, at least a pinch or two,
  I warrant thee ’twill sell; and so enough!

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