1614 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Drummond

William Alexander, "To the Author" Drummond, Teares on the Death of Moeliades (1614) sig. Av.



In Waves of Woe thy Sighes my Soule doe tosse,
And doe burst up the Conduits of my Teares,
Whose ranckling Wound no smoothing Baume long beares,
But freshly bleedes when Ought upbraides my Losse,
Then thou so sweetly Sorrow makes to sing,
And troubled Passions dost so well accord,
That more Delight Thy Anguish doth afford,
Then Others Joyes can Satisfaction bring.
What sacred Wits (when ravish'd) doe affect,
To force Affections, Metamorphose Minds,
Whilst numbrous Power the Soule in secret binds,
Thou hast perform'd, transforming in Effect.
For never Plaints did greater Pittie move,
The best Applause that can such Notes approve.