1604 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

Thomas Andrewe, "To M. Drayton" Drayton, Moyses in a Map of his Miracles (1604) sig. 4v.



Thy noble Muse already hath beene spred
Through Europe and the Sunne-scorch'd Southerne climes,
That Ile where Saturnes royall Sonne was bred,
Hath been enricht with thy immortal rimes:
Even to the burnt line have thy poems flowne,
And gain'd high fame in the declining West,
And or'e that colde Sea shall thy name be blowne,
That Icie mountaines rowleth on her brest:
Her soaring hence so farre made me admire,
Whither at length thy worthy Muse would flie,
Borne through the tender ayre with wings of fire,
Able to lift her to the starrie skie:
This worke resolv'd my doubts, when th' earths repleate,
With her faire fruite, in Heav'n shee'le take her seate.