1629 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

William Habington, "To his noble Friend, th' Author of his Tragedy of Albovine" Davenant, Tragedy of Albovine (1629) sig. A3v.



The gelid North growes warme, and by thy fire
Cold ignorance exil'd. The Virgin Quire
O' th' soft-hayr'd Muses leave the Thespian Spring,
To tread a fun'rall Measure, whilst you sing
This Tragick Storie. With sad plaints of love
Fam'd Orpheus charm'd rude heapes, did Cedars moove,
Forc'd Mountaines from their station: but by thy Pen
Hath new amaz'd the firie soules of men.