1627 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

John Reynolds, "To my worth Friend Mr. Michael Drayton upon these his Poems" Drayton, Battaile of Agincourt (1627) sig. A4.



What lofty Trophyes of eternall Fame,
England may vaunt thou do'st erect to her,
Yet forced to confesse, (yea blush for shame,)
That she no Honour doth on thee confer
How it would become her, would she learne to know
Once to requite thy Heaven-borne Art and Zeale,
Or at the least her selfe but thankfull showe
Her ancient Glories that do'st still reveale:
Sing thou of Love, thy straines (like powerful Charmes)
Enrage the bosome with an amorous fire,
And when againe thou lik'st to sing of Armes
The Coward thou with Courage do'st inspire:
But when thou com'st to touch our Sinfull Times,
Then Heaven far more than Earth speakes in thy Rimes.