1619 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

John Selden, "Upon the Barons Warres, the Epistles, and Sonnets" Drayton, Poems (1619) sig. A2v.



I must admire thee (but to praise were vaine,
What ev'ry tasting palat so approves)
Thy Martiall Pyrrhique, and thy Epique straine
Digesting Warres with heart-uniting Loves;
The two first Authors of what is compos'd
In this round Systeme All; it's ancient lore
(All Arts in Discords and Concents are clos'd,
And when unwinged soules the Fates restore
To th' earth for reparation of their flights,
The first Musicians, Schollers, Lovers make;
The next ranke destinate to Mars his Knights;
The following rabble meaner titles take)
I see thy Temples crown'd with Phoebus rites:
Thy Bays to th' eye, with Lilly mixt and Rose,
As to the eare a Diapason close.