1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Joseph Ritson, in Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 191-93.



MICHAEL DRAYTON wrote, 1. The harmonie of the church, containing the spirituall songes, and holy hymnes of godly men, patriarckes and prophetes: all sweetly sounding, to the glory of the highest: printed by R. Jones, 1591, 4to. 2. Idea: the shepheards garland, fashioned in nine eclogues; Rowlands sacrifice to the nine muses: printed for T. Woodcocke, 1593, 4to. [From the title to this performance, Drayton was sometimes called Rowland by his contemporarys. See Lodges Fig for Momus.] 3. Matilda, the fair and chaste daughter of Ld. Rob. Fitzwater, 1594, 4to. 4. Mortimeridos. The lamentable civill warres of Edward the second and the barrons: printed by J. R. for Matthew Lownes, 1596, 4to. 5. Englands heroical epistles: 1598, 8vo. Nic. Ling had licence to print them in 1597. (Herbert 1342.) 6. A gratulatorie poem to the majestie of K. James, 1603, 4to. 7. The owle: 1604, 4to. 8. Moyses in a map of his miracles: 1604, 4to. 9. A poem triumphall composed for the society of goldsmiths of London, on K. Jameses entering the citie: 1604, 4to. 10. Poems, 1605, 8vo. 11. The legend of Great Cromwell: 1607, 4to. (enter'd to John Flaskett, 12th Octo.) 12. Poly-Olbion (first 12 books); 1612, (24 books) 1622, fo. [Drummond calls this one of the smoothest poems he had seen in English, poetical and well perform'd; and says "There are some pieces in him, i dare compare with the best transmarine poems."] 13. Poems, 1619, fo. and without date 8vo. 14. The battle of Agincourt, 1627, fo. 15. The muses Elizium, lately discovered, by a new way over Parnassus, 1630, 4to. Some of his poems are inserted in Englands Helicon, 1600. His works were collected and printed together in 1748. He dye'd in 1631. A poem sign'd M. D. before Morleys balletts, 1600, is probablely by Drayton. He has commendatory verses before Middletons Legend of D. Humphrey, 1600; Murrays Sophonisba, 1611; Davieses Holy roode, 1609; Chapmans Hesiod, 1618; Vicarses Manuduction, 1622; sir John Beaumonts Poems" 1629; in Annalia Dubrensia, 1636; and before Hollands Posthuma, 1626; where he is erroneously stile'd poet-laureat.