1603 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Sir John Beaumont, "To Master Michael Drayton" Drayton, The Barrons Wars (1603) sig. A4v.



Those painefull wits, which natures depth admire,
And view the causes of unconstant strife,
Doe tremble least the Universe expire
Through lasting jarres, the enemies of life,
On earthly signes let not such Sages looke,
Nor on the cleere aspects of hopefull starres,
But learne the worlds continuance from thy booke,
Which frames past Natures force eternall warres;
Wherein the Muses shewing perfect glory,
Adorne it so with gracefull harmonie,
That all the acts of this lamented storie,
Seeme not perform'd for peoples liberty.
Nor through the awe of an imperious King,
But that thy verses their deepe wounds might sing.