1596 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey

R. R., "To the Author" in Fitzgeffrey, Sir Francis Drake (1596) sig. A3.



Once dead, and twise alive, thrise worthy DRAKE,
And worthie thou by whome he lives againe:
O would that thou who him alive dost make,
A life unto thy selfe by him might'st gaine!
But if thou canst not get this for thy paine,
Yet will I offer heart and pen to thee,
And if one faile, the other thine shalbe.

Sure one will faile; the other thine shalbe,
Admitting thee into her chiefest part;
Wishing that art with nature would agree,
To joine an able pen with loving hart,
That to the world shee might her minde impart:
So hart imagine should, and art indite,
And art and hart should both thy praises write.

But now let DRAKE, unto whose shrine thou singest
These lamentable accents on his tombe,
Retribute part to thee of that thou bringest,
And make thee famous, though himself be dumbe;
So by thy prasing, shall thy prayses come:
Then let thy swan-sweet verse sing to a DRAKE,
And that which makes him, shall thee famous make.