1616 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Beaumont

Sir John Beaumont, "An Epitaph upon my deare Brother, Francis Beaumont" 1616; John Beaumont, Bosworth-field (1629) 164.



On Death thy Murd'rer this revenge I take:
I slight his terror, and just question make,
Which of us two the best precedence have,
Mine to this wretched world, thine to the grave:
Thou shouldst have followd me, but death too blame,
Miscounted yeeres, and measur'd age by Fame.
So dearely hast thou bought thy precious lines,
Their praise grew swiftly; so thy life declines:
Thy Muse, the hearers Queene, the Readers love:
All cares, all hearts (but Deaths) could please and move.