1596 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey

Francis Rous, "To C. F." in Fitzgeffrey, Sir Francis Drake (1596) sig. A3v.



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.
F. R.