1629 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Edward Hyde, "To his Friend, Mr. Wm. D'avenant" Davenant, Tragedy of Albovine (1629) sigs A2v-A3.



Why should the fond ambition of a friend,
With such industrious accents strike to lend
A Prologue to thy worth? Can ought of mine
Inrich thy Volume? Th' hast rear'd thy selfe a Shrine
Will out-live Piramids; Marble Pillars shall,
Ere thy great Muse, receive a funerall:
Thy wit hath purchas'd such a Patrons name
To deck thy front, as must derive to Fame
These Tragick raptures, and indent with Eyes
To spend hot teares, t' inrich the Sacrifice.