Michael Drayton, of a Warwickshire family, began his career serving as a page to Thomas Goodyere. Although patronized by Lucy, Countess of Bedford, Sir Walter Aston, and Prince Henry, he had little success finding royal patronage. Drayton was a respected professional poet, rivaled only by Samuel Daniel and Ben Jonson. Among his Spenserian acquaintances were Richard Barnfield, John Weever, Drummond of Hawthornden, William Browne of Tavistock, and George Wither.
1593The Shepheards Garland I: The First Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland II: The Second Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland III: The Third Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland IV: The Fourth Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland IX: The Ninth Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland V: The Fifth Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland VI: The Sixt Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland VII: The Seventh Eglog.
1593The Shepheards Garland VIII: The Eighth Eglog.
1594Matilda the faire and chaste Daughter of the Lord Robert Fitzwater.
1595Endimion and Phoebe.
1603The Barrons Wars.
1603The Barrons Wars: To the Reader.
1613To his Friend the Author.
1614 ca.The Shepheards Sirena.
1619Pastorals I: The First Eclogue.
1619Pastorals II: The Second Eclogue.
1619Pastorals III: The Third Eclogue.
1619Pastorals IV: The Fourth Eclogue.
1619Pastorals IX: The Ninth Eclogue.
1619Pastorals V: The Fift Eclogue.
1619Pastorals VI: The Sixt Eclogue.
1619Pastorals VII: The Seventh Eclogue.
1619Pastorals VIII: The Eighth Eclogue.
1619Pastorals X: The Tenth Eclogue.
1619The Legends of Robert, Duke of Normandie: To the Reader.
1619To the Reader of his Pastorals.
1627To my most dearely-loved friend Henry Reynolds Esquire, of Poets and Poetry.
1630The Muses Elizium I: The First Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium II: The Second Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium III: The Third Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium IV: The Fourth Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium IX: The Ninth Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium V: The Fift Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium VI: The Sixt Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium VII: The Seventh Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium VIII: The Eight Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium X: The Tenth Nimphall.
1630The Muses Elizium: The Description of Elizium.
The harmonie of the Church: spirituall songes and holy hymnes. 1591.
Idea: the shepheards garland in nine eglogs. 1593, 1600.
Peirs Gaveston. 1593-94.
Ideas mirrour; amours in quaterzains. 1594.
Matilda, the daughter of Lord Fitzwater. 1594.
Endimion and Phoebe: Ideas Latmus. 1595.
Mortimeriados: the civell warres of Edward the Second and the barrons. 1596; 1603.
The tragicall legend of Robert Duke of Normandy; The legend of Matilda; the legend of Piers Gaveston. 1596.
Englands heroicall epistles. 1597, 1598.
The first part of the historie of Sir John Oldcastle. 1600.
To the Majestie of King James: a gratulatorie poem. 1603.
Moyses in a map of his miracles. 1604.
The owle. 1604.
A paean triumphall for the societie of goldsmiths congratulating his Highnes entring the citie. 1604.
Poems lyrick and pastorall: Odes, Eglogs; The man in the moone. 1606.
The legend of great Cromwell. 1607.
Poly-Olbion. 1612, 1622.
Certain elegies done by sundrie excellent wits; satyres and epigrams. 1618.
The ballad of Agincourt. 1606.
The battaile of Agincourt; The miseries of Queene Margarite; Nimphidia; The quest of Cinthia; The shepherds Sirena; The moone-calfe; Elegies upon sundry occasions. 1627.
Epistle to H. Reynolds. 1627.
The Muses Elizium: ten nymphalls; Noahs floud; Moses his birth and miracles; David and Golia. 1630.
Works. 1748; 4 vols, 1753.
Nymphidia, ed. Egerton Brydges. 1814.
Complete works, ed. J. W. Hebel. 5 vols, 1931-41.