ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey
Francis Rous, "To C. F." in Fitzgeffrey, Sir Francis Drake (1596) sig. A3v.
Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey:
1596: R. R.
1596: Francis Rous the Elder
1596: D. W.
1598: Rev. Francis Meres
1611 ca.: John Davies of Hereford
1624: William Kidley
1628: Robert Hayman
1634: Henry Beesley
1638: Robert Chamberlain
1808: Thomas Park
1820: John Payne Collier
1847: Edward Farr
Francis Rous the Elder:
1596: Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey
When to the bankes of sweete Elysium
Came worthy DRAKE, to get his passage there,
The ferriman denied his ghost to come,
Before his exequies solemniz'd were:
But none t' adorne his funerall hearse did prove:
And long he sate upon the haplesse shoare,
Untill thy Muse (whome pittie still did move)
Helpt thee to rise, and him to rest no more:
And sent her mournefull teares unto his ghost,
And sweete (though sad) complaintes, as exequies,
Passing him to those fields which long he lost,
And won his soule the joy, thy pen the prise:
So still thy funeralles shall adorne his name,
And still his funeralles shall enlarge thy fame.